Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm

22nd May 2023
EST Value $400,000!!
EST Value $400,000!!

In May 2023 10 turbines arrived at Bluff. Collectively they can produce enough power for 20,000 homes, power up to 66,000 electric Utes. It is set to open by the end of 2023.


Not only was this a time sensitive operation with all componentry waiting at the wharf, but also one of specialised skill.....Enter Transport Repairs Brake Specialist, John Scobie


Transport Repairs Invercargill Team and John dealt with non-compliant brakes,  thorough inspections and the upgrading and Certification of Trailers to Transport Wind Farm Componentry from Bluff to the Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm. 



  • .The Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm project is fully consented, and construction crews are expected to mobilise to site in October. The full construction programme is expected to take around a year.
  • Vestas will supply 10 x 4.3MW V136 turbines (136m rotor, 77m tower, 145m tip height) and maintain the wind farm under a 30 year agreement. Higgins will undertake the civil balance of plant works with ElectroNet providing the electrical balance of plant works. PowerNet will construct a new 33kV line to the Gore substation.
  • Last year Mercury’s wind generation produced 1,269GWh, and this will increase as Turitea South comes onstream, with Kaiwera following in late 2023.
  • Mercury supplies enough renewable generation to power around 18% of New Zealand’s current electricity needs through renewable generation (wind, hydro and geothermal)
  • With more than 3.8 TWh (Terawatt-Hour) of currently committed generation projects set to be built between 2020 and 2024, the electricity sector is demonstrating commitment consistent with Transpower and CCC forecasts for future demand (3.2 TWh and 3.8TWh of new renewable gen between 2020 and 2025 respectively).