Huge turbines to make slow journey

Last updated 10:19 17/03/2014
Wind turbines unloaded at Wellington waterfront
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LONG LOAD: Massive wind turbines getting unloaded at the Wellington waterfront.

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A pile of turbine blades, each bigger than a jumbo jet wing, has arrived in Wellington.

The blades are set to become part of the 26-turbine Mill Creek wind farm Meridian Energy is building in Ohariu Valley, behind Johnsonville.

The blades arrived from Denmark late on Saturday night and each had a reach of 40 metres, Meridian spokeswoman Michelle Brooker said.

A Boeing 777 wing is just under 30m long.

Once assembled, the turbines would be 110.89m tall.

When the $169 million wind farm was completed later this year it was expected to generate up to 59.8 megawatts, which was enough each year to power 30,000 homes.

Another shipment of components for the wind farm arrived via ship last week.

Meridian is planning to truck the components to the site using large transporters between 10.30pm and 6.30am for about 13 weeks until mid-June.

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