In 2011, following a full consultation process, an independent board of inquiry granted consents for 60 turbines. The consent process involved a thorough examination of environmental effects and resulted in a number of changes to the application, including a significant reduction in wind turbines.
Mercury was given 10 years to give effect to the consent.
Our regulatory staff are responsible for monitoring and endorsing a large number of conditions that Mercury must meet before construction can begin.
The recently developed District Plan provisions for wind farms and landscapes only apply to new resource consent applications. The Turitea wind farm will comply with conditions applicable to the District Plan at the time of its application. The remaining 27 turbines granted under the consent can be constructed within 35 years under the 2011 consent application.
Mercury's website has more information about the development.