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January 7, 2022

Te Uku, New Zealand

By Carmen

Te Uku is a 64.4MW onshore wind power project. It is located in Waikato, New Zealand. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2009 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in March 2011.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Onshore 64.4 64.4 Active Waikato, New Zealand Meridian Energy; WEL Networks

Description

The project was developed by Meridian Energy and WEL Networks. The project is currently owned by Meridian Energy.

The project generates 250,000MWh electricity and supplies enough clean energy to power 27,000 households, offsetting 145,000t of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) a year. The project cost is $99.562m.

Development Status

The project is currently active. The project construction commenced in 2009 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in March 2011.

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Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Meridian Energy under a power purchase agreement.

Contractors Involved

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the wind power project. The company provided 28 units of SWT-2.3-101 turbines, each with 2.3MW nameplate capacity.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is the O&M contractor for the wind power project for a period of 2 years.

About Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy Ltd (Meridian Energy) is a state-owned energy utility that generates, trades and retails electricity. It utilizes renewable energy sources such as wind and water for generation of electricity. It also procures electricity from the wholesale electricity market. The company supplies electricity to homes, businesses and farms in New Zealand. It also supplies electricity to residential and commercial customers in Australia through its subsidiary Powershop Australia Pty Limited. Meridian Energy operates hydropower plants on the Waitaki River and Manapouri Lake in New Zealand and operates wind power plants in New Zealand and Australia. The company has presence in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Meridian Energy is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.

About WEL Networks

WEL Networks Ltd (WEL) is a provider of energy solutions to transport electricity. The company offers electricity distribution; power lines, poles, underground cables and technology maintenance; power saving tips, vegetation management, network connections and other related services. It also provides fast chargers for electric vehicles; smart meters and solar grid connections. WEL transmits electricity to the customers through overhead wires and underground cables. The company serves residential and commercial sectors. WEL is headquartered in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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