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Wind as Sustainable Resource Gaining Momentum
New Zealand, Australasia
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Mahinerangi Wind Farm in Otago, South Island, required a resource consent to enable construction of up to 100 wind turbines within a proposed site envelope. The maximum generating capacity will be 200 megawatts.
Golder provided TrustPower Ltd. with planning, air quality and ecological services for the entire project, including preparation of the Assessments of Environmental Effects (AEE), which brought together a large range of information from a variety of different disciplines and sources. The planning component also involved the preparation of a Construction Management Plan (CMP), and dust management was the focus of the air quality work.
The ecological assessment of effects drew on the wide range of ecological expertise held by Golder in New Zealand. The ecological surveys included bird surveys, especially for the New Zealand Eastern Bush Falcon, a nationally threatened bird that has been recorded in the vicinity of the wind farm site, as well as extensive vegetation, lizard and invertebrate surveys. These surveys provided information needed for a full assessment of the effects of the construction and operation of the wind farm.
Golder staff developed an ecological constraints map of the proposed wind farm area and recommended the avoidance of significant ecological features. This meant that the potential effects of the turbine sitings were significantly reduced. We also helped present information to local communities and provided expert testimony at the Environment Court that ultimately approved the project for our client.
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