7 November 2003 – New Zealand’s state-owned Meridian Energy Ltd yesterday said it had awarded the turbine supplier contract for its first Australian wind farm.
The energy generator said Danish manufacturer NEG Micon would supply the wind turbines for the Wattle Point Wind Farm, on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.
It said the farm was expected to produce enough electricity for up to 55 000 homes.
Meridian said it had also signed a six-year agreement with NEG Micon which covered up to 600 MW of wind for installation in Australasia over the next six years.
The first stage of this covered the Wattle Point Wind Farm and the company’s first New Zealand wind farm, Te Apiti, in the Manawatu region of the North Island, it said.