"New Zealand is recognised as having one of the best wind resources of any country in the world due to its location, lying across the prevailing westerly winds in an area long referred to by sailors as the ‘Roaring Forties’."
Research shines a spotlight on our South Taranaki waters to offer a promising opportunity for offshore wind. Favourable bathymetry (water depths) creates ideal conditions for fixed turbines to be placed up to 30 km offshore or floating systems in deeper water further offshore. This is complemented by the region holding a wealth of knowledge in energy production, relevant skill sets and existing supporting infrastructure. This is not just a Taranaki opportunity though. Research into the offshore wind potential for other regions is only just the beginning.
We see the benefits going far beyond creating a ‘cleaner NZ’. Put simply, we believe offshore wind has the potential to: