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Offshore Wind Technology Arrives in New Zealand.

  • Publish Date: Posted 10 months ago

The deployment of the Floating Light Detecting and Ranging Device (FLiDAR) is a significant development in New Zealand's renewable energy journey and marks a major step forward in assessing the feasibility of offshore wind projects in the South Taranaki Bight.

The FLiDAR, stationed at Port Taranaki, will provide valuable wind data which will be crucial for evaluating the viability of a proposed one gigawatt offshore windfarm. Through accurately measuring wind speeds at various heights, up to 300m above sea level, it will offer vital insights into the wind conditions in the area.

The milestone showcases New Zealand's commitment to sustainable energy solutions and the transition to a low-carbon economy. The NZ Super Funds investment of $2.5 billion in the project reflects their forward-thinking approach to commercial opportunities, aligned with climate objectives.

Also, the offshore wind development holds tremendous potential for regional economic growth, as observed in other successful projects around the world. By supporting developers and planning, New Zealand can reap the benefits that offshore wind can bring to ports and communities.

Ben Evans, Global Development Manager at Shirley Parsons says:

“It’s great to see the progress made and the opportunities that offshore wind presents for New Zealand's renewable energy sector. Let's celebrate this achievement and continue to support the development of offshore wind, as it paves the way towards a greener and more sustainable energy future for Aotearoa.”

Global Renewable Consultancy.

Shirley Parsons has 10 years’ experience supporting renewable energy projects worldwide and to date have worked with renewable energy companies to provide support in operations, project management and health and safety.

As it continues to be one of the companies fastest growing markets, Australia and New Zealand is the latest international expansion of the organisation, joining Shirley Parsons branches in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Taiwan.

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