Mill Creek Wind Farm
Higgins was the Head Civil Contractor for Meridian Energy’s 26 turbine Mill Creek Wind Farm
Using a collaborative delivery model, Meridian and Higgins are working together to drive opportunities, innovation and smart construction methodology to deliver the Wind Farm Civil works Project. Higgins are experienced contractors in the construction of Wind Farms. With the completion of Mill Creek, Higgins will have been involved in the construction of 60% of New Zealand's wind energy production.
Higgins has successfully delivered infrastructure for four of New Zealand's largest wind farm projects including Meridian Te Apiti, Meridian West Wind, Trustpower Tararua T3 and Meridian Mill Creek.
Siemens, who supplied the turbines, have now completed the installation of the turbines. The wind farm became fully operational in October 2014.
As head civil works contractor, Higgins was responsible for delivering across the breadth of the civil works encompassing access roading, bulk earthworks, pavement construction, trenching cabling, tower foundations, and associated drainage and structures. The programme for the 800,000m3 of earthworks with associated environmental management and full compliance) was substantially completed by November 2013. A great achievement for a winter programme.
The civil works for pavement works, trenching and cabling, and foundation construction works progressed over three separable portions for the 26 turbine base and were all delivered on time. The works included 20km of roading, 12km of cabling, 10,000m3 of concrete and 1,300 tonnes of steel for the foundations.