Te Uku is New Zealand’s northern most wind farm, continuing the diversification of wind energy away from the Manawatu and the Lower North Island. Stevenson Huntly Quarry supplied special PAP6 aggregate to contractors Hick Bros. Civil.
PAP6 aggregates act as a cooling agent for cable trenches.
The aggregate dissipates heat to prevent overheating of cables and potential cable failure.
The Meridian Energy 64 MW Te Uku wind farm is located near Raglan in the Waikato, is comprised 28 wind turbines and will play an important role in meeting New Zealand’s future energy needs. The wind farm was built as a partnership between community trust-owned electricity distribution company, WEL Networks, and Meridian Energy. Civil construction was led by two companies Hicks Bros and Spartan Construction – who formed a joint venture to co-manage the civil construction process. Spartan Construction is a Waikato-based company. 70kms of cables were laid throughout the wind farm and connect the power from all 28 turbines into the on-site switching station. All electricity flows into the new, 25km transmission line being built by WEL Networks.
The $35M civil works project, a joint venture by Hick Bros Civil and Spartan Construction, won the 2011 Award, for projects valued between $10m – $50m, at New Zealand Contractors’ Federation / Hirepool Construction Awards.