Feasibility and investigations (2 years)
Environmental assessments and approvals (2 to 3 years)
Construction and commissioning (3 to 4 years)
The first step – wind and wave measurement
Floating detection and measurement devices, called floating LiDARs, will be deployed in the first half of 2022 - they are like large buoys, fitted with detection and measuring equipment, and will be located over 25km from shore. After around two years of monitoring, the equipment and mooring system will be fully recovered. We will consult with fishers and marine users to ensure the floating LiDARs and buoys are placed in a safe location.
Over the coming years project viability will be assessed against
environmental and commercial evaluation.
Measuring wind and wave conditions
Studies to understand seabed conditions
Marine species, bird and other environmental studies
Iwi and community consultation
Transmission, grid and engineering studies
Economic studies and opportunities for local industry