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Tuesday, 16 April, 2002, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
UK's biggest wind farm sets sail
Wind turbine
A total of 38 wind turbines are planned on the farm
The UK's biggest offshore wind farm, which is planned near Great Yarmouth, is set to be approved by Energy Minister Brian Wilson.

It is understood the minister will give the go-ahead for the plans to build the 78m farm off the Norfolk coast at a conference on Wednesday.

The scheme would be the second largest offshore wind plant in the world and would provide enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes.

A total of 38 wind turbines, towering to a height of up to 300 feet (100m), are planned, which would be built on a sandbank in the North Sea.

An artist's impression of the planned turbines at Scroby Sands
The turbines could tower up to 300ft
The farm, on Scroby Sands, would be the first of 18 planned offshore schemes to get the green light.

It is part of a government plan to triple the amount of energy generated from renewable sources by 2010.

The minister is expected to make the announcement in a speech to the British Wind Energy Association conference in Fulham on Wednesday.

The Norfolk scheme, which could be operational in 2003, is expected to generate 76 megawatts of electricity a year and is a joint venture between Powergen and the oil services group Abbot.

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