Meridian Te Apiti Wind Farm Project Jan - Sept 2004
55 Windmills total made up components as follows:
55 Inground bases = 22.5 loads each base 4.5m dia 11 ton each. 27 ton of reinforcing and 373 cube of concrete to hold them in the ground.
Out of ground: 55 Bottom sections = 55 loads 4.5m dia 17 meters long. 3 days to weld inside and out bottom section to base.
55 Mid sections = 55 loads 4.2m dia 19 meters long Bolted together 55 top sections = 55 loads 3.1m dia 31 meters long. Bolted together.
All loads averaged a combined weight inclusive of transporter of 110 ton approx. Empty transporter average weight 60 - 70 ton.
55 Nacelles (turbines) = 55 loads 3.1m wide 50.4 ton each.
Once the towers started moving to site they where in uniform Bottom / Mid / Top and turbine. These had to be erected all on the same day with the turbine placed on top for stability.
55 Hubs = 55 loads 3.1m dia 21 ton each.
165 Blades = 82.5 loads each blade 6 ton and 35 meters long carried off set vice / versa with a total length of just on 50 meters including transporter.
Dependant on the time of departure and item travel times were between 3.5 - 6 hours per trip. All Tower and Turbine loads were towed up the Saddle Rd from the bottom to each site.