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Meridian Energy Ltd (MEL) is planning to construct a wind farm in North Canterbury, New Zealand.
The project involves the construction of a 71.3MW wind farm with the installation of 31 wind turbines.
The project includes the construction of a powerhouse, a substation, turbine bases and related facilities and the installation of transmission lines and generators.
In April 2011, MEL submitted planning application to Hurunui District Council for approval.
The project has faced opposition from the local residents on the environmental concerns and has lodged the issue in the environmental court.
In May 2011, the Environment Court received 62 applications on Hurunui Wind Farm project from local communities, with 43 opposing and 19 supporting the proposal.
In January 2012, MEL submitted its evidence to the Environment Court and in April 2012, all other parties submitted their evidence.
In September 2012, Environment Court hearing held.
Boffa Miskell appointed to undertake the planning and terrestrial/aquatic ecological services and preparing the consent application for the project.
In April 2013, the Environment Court granted resource consent (approvals) for 31 wind turbines, with two removed turbines because of the view from private properties.
Planning activities are underway.
The project involves the construction of a 71.3MW wind farm at Hurunui in North Canterbury, New Zealand.
The US$141 million project includes the following: