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Kiwi in the wind: NZ Super Fund, CIP & TOP begin partnership

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 28/03/2023 New Zealand Offshore Wind

NZ Super Fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) and Taranaki Offshore Partnership (TOP) have reached an agreement with Port Taranaki and BlueFloat Energy (BFE) to work together to assess how the port can serve as a hub for offshore wind development in New Zealand, including offshore Taranaki.

The agreement signed between the parties is for a study that aims to help build an understanding of how the port’s assets, infrastructure and land could support the growth of an offshore wind industry in Aotearoa.

The study will also determine if certain port upgrades and investments are needed for offshore wind developers to construct, operate and maintain their projects. This includes assessment of the port’s wharves, crane lifting capacity, land and storage layout, as well as the need to transport and service wind turbines.

The results of the study will be part of the broader respective feasibility activities being undertaken by TOP and BFE in relation to their separate planned offshore wind projects in Waikato and South Taranaki with BFE’s partner, Elemental Group.

Port Taranaki Chief Executive Simon Craddock commented: “New Zealand has one of the best offshore wind resources in the world, and it’s likely this industry will play an important role in a low-emissions future. With our proximity to the proposed development site, our skills and experience having worked in the energy industry, our laydown and storage areas available on-site, and our berths for the specialist support vessels, we believe Port Taranaki has a key role to play in support of this emerging industry."

Craddock added: “We wanted to formalise our support and involvement, and through this agreement we’ll work with the parties and investigate how best we can support the development of an offshore wind industry in New Zealand."

Taranaki Offshore Partnership’s Giacomo Caleffi also commented: "With multiple developers indicating interest in offshore wind development in Taranaki and beyond, it makes sense to work together on this Port Taranaki study as the outcomes will be relevant to assessing the feasibility of any of the proposed developments."

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