Te Apiti Wind Farm

Meridian Te Apiti Wind Farm Project, Jan - Sept 2004

55 Windmills total, made up of the following components:

55 Inground bases = 22.5 loads each base, 4.5m diameter 11 tonne each.  27 tonne of reinforcing and 373 cube of concrete, to hold them in the ground. 

Out of ground: 55 Bottom sections = 55 loads, 4.5m diameter, 17 meters long.  3 days to weld the bottom section to the base, inside and out. 

55 Mid sections = 55 loads, 4.2m diameter, 19 meters long bolted together.

55 top sections = 55 loads 3.1m diameter, 31 meters long bolted together. 

All loads averaged a combined weight, inclusive of transporter, of 110 tonne approx.  The empty transporter average weight 60-70 tonne. 

55 Nacelles (turbines) = 55 loads, 3.1m wide, 50.4 tonne 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 diameter, 21 tonne each. 

165 Blades = 82.5 loads, each blade 6 tonne and 35 meters long, carried offset vice / versa with a total length of just on 50 meters, including transporter.

Dependent 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.

TRANZCARR Heavy Haulage

134 Plunket Avenue, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand

PO Box 23194, Hunters Corner, Manukau 2155, New Zealand

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