WSP Opus is the New Zealand operation of WSP, one of the world’s leading infrastructure and environmental consulting firms, with 48,000 people in 550 offices across 40 countries. WSP Opus was formed in December 2017. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international expertise. In New Zealand, we operate from a network of 40 offices and employ more than 1,800 talented people.
We’re proud of the unique value we bring to our clients at WSP Opus. With unrivalled local knowledge harnessed from 148 years of pioneering the important infrastructure and environments of New Zealand, alongside our world-class technical experts in Transport, Water, Property & Buildings, Power and Environment who are part of the 40 communities around New Zealand in which we operate, we know this place like no other. This combined with our network of 43,000 WSP experts around the world means that we have the power to generate solutions that question today, imagine tomorrow and create for the future.
WSP Opus is a professional consultancy who works with clients to create what matters for future generations. We design lasting Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources (including Mining and Industry), Water, Power and Environmental solutions, as well as provide project delivery and strategic consulting services.
We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, surveyors, environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. What sets us apart is our wealth of collective experience and the collaborative way we work across disciplines and with our clients: WSP Opus projects are ‘powered by connected expertise’.
Wind Energy Experience
For over 25 years, WSP (and WSP Opus) has been involved in wind farm developments around the globe. From initial site and feasibility assessments, wind resource monitoring and analysis, detailed wind farm design and planning, tendering, selection of technology and suppliers, through to project implementation, construction management and project review. Our extensive experience and expertise covers the full range of professional services required for wind power.
We also have significant experience in providing Owner’s Engineer services for projects across Australia, South Pacific, Asia, UK, Africa and the USA. The more recent Owner’s Engineer engagements for the Australia / NZ team include Stockyard Hill Wind Farm (Australia) and Burgos Wind Farm (Philippines). In addition, we currently hold Lender’s and Independent Engineer roles for financiers and company boards, on numerous projects internationally and in Asia and Australia–Pacific (APAC). Through acting as Owner’s and Lender’s Engineer on wind developments we have witnessed a number of different project development and management strategies on wind farm projects. We have worked on projects with all major WTG suppliers in the Australian / New Zealand market. Through this, and our own experience we have seen what works well, and what does not.
We have experience in the wind energy area via our involvement in many wind developments in New Zealand, Australia and around the globe. Here in Australasia, our WSP office in Melbourne, Australia is our centre of excellence for wind and WSP Opus collaborate with these wind subject matter experts as projects and opportunities present themselves.
WSP Global Wind Experience
As onshore and offshore wind energy development continues to expand, our specialists can objectively assess any potential investment in this area and harness the full potential for wind generation.
WSP offers independent, technology-neutral advice and has the experience and expertise to bring offshore projects to life, and to connect them to the appropriate onshore infrastructure.
Specialist Offshore Engineering, Environmental and Program Management Advice
Our multidisciplinary offshore team can support projects from initial concept to completion and beyond. Our expertise covers investment appraisal, due diligence, site constraints, resource assessment, preliminary design, supply chain appraisal, stakeholder engagement, marine ecological survey, layout and foundation design, geotechnical and geophysical survey, design certification, verification, and health and safety. Acting as the client’s engineer, we have the technical expertise to take them through to the operations and maintenance phase of projects.
WSP has supported clients including ScottishPower Renewables, Statoil, npower Renewables, NorWind, Siemens T&D, Vestas and Scottish & Southern Energy. Our track record spans from acting as Lead Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant for the 1.8GW Argyll Array offshore wind farm near Scotland, to working with Senergy to support a Round 3 offshore wind developer in identifying onshore connection routes, through to improving the geotechnical characteristics of the in-situ silt and fill to support the planned port expansion works at Teesport in the UK.
We have a long track record supporting wind developers, utility companies, funders and investors throughout the project life cycle. Our clients include, among others, Scottish & Southern Energy, Vattenfall Vindkraft, RES, Burcote Wind and Stena Renewable.
From Due Diligence to EIA and Engineering Design
Our specialist project managers, designers, engineers and environment consultants provide a range of services supporting onshore wind projects from consenting to cost-benefit analysis, design to procurement, project management and operation. Our services span technical and environmental due diligence, wind mapping and resource evaluations, grid connection services, EIAs and associated technical studies, transport planning, noise monitoring, geotechnical engineering of turbine foundation, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering design and supervision, expert witness, and more.
Creating a Competitive Advantage
“WSP offers the very best of both worlds; it is a large global organization with a very deep pool of highly skilled resources that has managed to retain the customer and employee-focused culture of smaller consulting companies. At all levels of the organization I have found WSP’s people to be motivated, engaged and energized. We think it’s quite simple – working with WSP gives us a competitive advantage.” Operations Director, Burcote Wind.
Contact Les Pepper (Energy Project Manager / Asset Management Consultant) for any enquiries you may have regarding any wind or power matters. He will be pleased to assist you or put you in touch with someone who can.