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Winds of Change Afoot

By Lester Foxall, CEO

The countdown to net zero carbon emissions in New Zealand has now truly begun with the passing of The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act in 2019 and the establishment of an independent Climate Change Commission.

2021 is viewed as a transitional period to get the new provisions up and running, with implications for all industries as we head towards the 100% renewable energy target for 2035.

New Zealand’s commitment towards a clean, green, and sustainable environment is one of the first things that separates us from many countries across the globe. We are in a very fortunate position with several renewable energy sources at our disposal. Investments in hydro, geothermal and wind plants have positioned us incredibly well to shift our energy reliance towards sustainable sources.

New technologies are creating further opportunities in the energy sector and renewable energy sources will play a significant role in decarbonising and achieving our climate goals.

Putting climate risk awareness at the heart of decision making and embedding it into our strategy and culture at all levels, is an important initiative and a reflection of where the world is going so, I believe we are going to see a lot more demand for projects of this nature.

At Connell we have seen a real opportunity to diversify into the renewable energy sector. Our skills are certainly transferable and if tenders for these projects are not awarded on lowest price, renewable energy certainly fits with our strategic plan.

The power of wind

Wind power is considered a clean, effective source of sustainable renewable energy with significant growth over the last decade. It is expected that most investments into the renewable energy sector in the near term will go towards the creation of wind farms. At Connell we have already begun to feel the effect of these investments.

Both the Turitea Wind Farm near Palmerston North, and Waipipi Wind Farm just up the road in South Taranaki, proved to be excellent projects for Connell and has enhanced our profile in the renewable energy sector.

Our sortie into renewables continues to gain gusto with the recently secured Harapaki Wind Farm project in Napier that will commence in early 2022. Set to be the second largest of its kind in the country, Harapaki will host 41 turbines generating enough renewable energy to power 70,000 average households.

Invitations for the Mt Cass Wind Farm in the South Island have already been received from key clients, with site visits already underway. Ongoing discussions with Ventura Energy and Ventus (Australia) regarding the Taharoa near Kawhia and the Kaimai Ranges wind farms, will continue until tender documentation is released.

Other renewable energy

In addition to the various wind farm projects across the country, Connell continues to explore other renewable energy avenues.

The large geothermal facility at Tauhara has commenced and the civil related works will come to the market later this year. Geothermal energy projects like that at Tauhara, set to be completed in 2023, are considered our best low-carbon renewable electricity provider. Not reliant on weather conditions, geothermal plants can operate 24/7 and are a robust way to transition away from fossil fuels.

Hydro also continues to provide us with another income stream, having worked on a selection of smaller projects this year for Mercury Energy.

With Governments purge on climate change, at Connell we keep abreast of all forms of technology knowing it will soon be a prerequisite to produce an annual company carbon footprint document to support our focus towards providing a cleaner environment.

As we continue to build resilience, the importance of good governance cannot be overestimated.

Business Awards Finalists

Connell Contractors has been announced as a finalist for the 2019 Westpac Waikato Business Awards.

The awards ceremony takes place on November 15, 2019.

We are so excited to get a chance to showcase our people and the fantastic work we create.

On Site: Mangere Substation

Another job we are currently busy with is at Mangere Substation. This job involves excavation, ground improvement and construction of a new foundation pad for the prefab ODID building.

At the end of the ODID project the existing equipment will be decommissioned and removed.

Girls with Hi-Viz

In conjunction with Connexis, last week we had the privilege of hosting the Girls With Hi-Viz day.

A group of young ambitious women from Putaruru College paid us a visit to learn about the great opportunities within our industry.

The day consisted of a combined presentation from Connexis and ourselves, a site visit and finished off with a digger school where our own female apprentice pipe layer coached the girls on the basic operations of a 2.5 tonne excavator.

CCL Secure Significant HCC Project

The Western Interceptor duplication project is a 3km pipeline carrying sewer from the Norton Rd and Lincoln St roundabout towards the start of the Waikato Expressway.

The project includes laying PE lined concrete pipe at depths of up to 6 metres in very wet ground as well as two driven pipelines under a Class 2 arterial road.

Connell Contractors is looking forward to the challenges this project presents and working collaboratively with the client and affected stakeholders.

Situation Vacant – Contracts Manager

We are seeking a CONTRACTS MANAGER.

US:

  • Connell Contractors is a medium sized company with a skilled workforce building infrastructure throughout the North Island.
  • Projects include deep pipelines and pump stations, buildings and concrete structures for the Power sector, sheetpiling, dewatering and foundations.
  • We pride ourselves on our great culture, with both long term staff and civil apprentices.

THE ROLE:

  • Co-ordinating resources for civil projects, including financial tracking and programme updates.

YOU:

  • Will have proven experience in managing civil projects with strong interpersonal skills.

WE OFFER:

  • Working for an industry leader with a great culture.
  • Varied and challenging projects.
  • Commitment to your training and development.
  • Competitive salary and conditions, and company vehicle.

Connell Contractors has a zero tolerance Drug & Alcohol Policy. The successful applicant will be required to undertake pre-employment testing.

Please send your application and CV to: lester@connellcontractors.co.nz

Situation Vacant – Contracts Manager

We are seeking a CONTRACTS MANAGER.

US:

  • Connell Contractors is a medium sized company with a skilled workforce building infrastructure throughout the North Island.
  • Projects include deep pipelines and pump stations, buildings and concrete structures for the Power sector, sheetpiling, dewatering and foundations.
  • We pride ourselves on our great culture, with both long term staff and civil apprentices.

THE ROLE:

  • Co-ordinating resources for civil projects, including financial tracking and programme updates.

YOU:

  • Will have proven experience in managing civil projects with strong interpersonal skills.

WE OFFER:

  • Working for an industry leader with a great culture.
  • Varied and challenging projects.
  • Commitment to your training and development.
  • Competitive salary and conditions, and company vehicle.

Connell Contractors has a zero tolerance Drug & Alcohol Policy. The successful applicant will be required to undertake pre-employment testing.

Please send your application and CV to: lester@connellcontractors.co.nz

One of the Team | Casey Martin (Health & Safety Manager)

Casey joined the Connell Contractors team in March 2016.

Casey worked in an intellectual property firm from the age of 16 and was there for 7 years. A change was in order which saw her move into a Catering and Events Manager position at Mavis & Co before having her 2nd child. After maternity leave Casey applied for the office administrator position at Connells before quickly gaining experience and industry knowledge to move into the Health and Safety space.

Casey is currently completing the NEBOSH International Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

Building up internal and external relationships within the industry, getting out on site for regular inspections and worker engagement are just a few of the many aspects to the position that Casey really enjoys. “I never thought I would find a position that didn’t feel like it was work”, said Casey.

“The team at Connells is like no other! No day is the same and I am surrounded by like-minded people that work extremely hard together but at the same time can put up with my warped sense of humour. It’s not a day at Connells if you don’t hear laughter”, said Casey

Outside of work Casey enjoys spending time with her family, keeping active, getting outdoors to chase the sunshine and having few cold ones of the weekend.