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Mercury to Complete New Zealand Largest Wind Farm

Power News - Published on Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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Mercury has amended its contracts with Vestas to complete New Zealand’s largest wind farm at the Turitea site near Palmerston North. Mercury’s Chief Executive, Fraser Whineray, announced that Mercury has committed to build the remaining 27 consented turbines at Turitea, at a cost of USD 208 million, adding to the 33-turbine project announced earlier this year. This will create New Zealand’s largest wind farm at 222MW, producing 840GWh annually, enough to power 375,000 EVs.

Mr Whineray said that “Being able to complete the Turitea wind farm at its full scale contributes further to New Zealand’s sustainable, low emissions future by making more renewable, kiwi-made electricity available for homes, businesses and vehicles throughout the country. The combination of long-term electricity demand projections, synergies from already committed transmission infrastructure, construction and operations on site, and co-benefits with the Waikato hydro system mean completion of the Turitea wind farm makes sense.

Mr Whineray said that “We are pleased to be able to announce this closely following the passing of the Zero Carbon Bill by the New Zealand Parliament.”

The newly enacted legislation sets up a framework by which New Zealand's policy on climate change will be developed in the effort to achieve the aims of the 2015 Paris Agreement. That includes a target to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases (except biogenic methane) to net zero by 2050.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 13 Nov 2019
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