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Large wind farm project under way


The Gunfleet Sands development off Essex will have 48 wind turbines when complete

Work is under way off the east coast to build 48 wind turbines to generate electricity as part of a government bid to meet renewable energy targets.

The £420m project at Gunfleet Sands, off Clacton, is designed to provide 20% of the electricity needs of Essex.

Foundations have been driven in to the sea bed for the 48 turbines, four and a half miles offshore.

The project, promoted by Dong Energy, is one of several projects for wind farms on the east coast.

Attempts to increase renewable power generation have been hit by the credit crunch but at Gunfleet Sands all the funding is in place and it is due to be completed next year.

Peter Sills, of Dong Energy, said: "The east coast is going to play a very important role in wind power generation over the next few decades.

"It is an excellent wind resource with shallow seas to ease construction of turbines."

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