Just over 12 months ago, icubed consulting opened their New Zealand branch, i3NZ.
Since then, towers have been erected at the Waipipi Wind Farm. The project, situated in South Taranaki on the Western Coast of the New Zealand North Island, is icubed’s first renewables venture across the Tasman sea.
The Waipipi wind farm sits atop iron sand dunes and extends to within a few hundred metres of the coastline. The major civil challenge for the project has been, how to keep the turbines standing when the ground shakes and the sand loses strength? With the support of Dave Annan from Golder and their geotechnical design team, the icubed wind turbine generator foundation designs consist of a combination of Rammed Aggregate Pier (RAP’s) and Deep Dynamic Compaction (DDC) ground improvement. Perched atop this ground improvement are the icubed consulting’s mass gravity foundations and the Siemans Gamesa Towers overlooking the South Taranaki Bight.
We’d like to give special thanks to Tilt Renewables Stewart Reid and Jim Pearson for the opportunity. Thanks for a successful, albeit challenging, project for icubed consulting’s first New Zealand wind farm.