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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 October, 2004, 08:25 GMT 09:25 UK
Plans for wind farm go on display
Full details of a 700m wind farm project off the Suffolk coast have gone on display in Aldeburgh.

Irish firm Airtricity, which wants to build 140 turbines 26 miles out to sea, is exhibiting at Jubilee Hall.

The turbines will supply enough energy for more than 415,000 homes - more than the domestic demand of Suffolk.

The company's chief executive Eddie O'Connor said: "It is going to be the model for how we go forward with electricity generation in Europe."

Built on sand banks

"It is going to create lots of employment in the locality.

"We see this 500 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Suffolk as something that is capable of stopping millions of tonnes of CO2 being put up into the atmosphere."

The proposed wind farm will be located in the outer Thames Estuary on and adjacent to two sand banks known as the Inner Gabbard and The Galloper.

Some wildlife groups have objected to the wind farm saying birds will be killed by the rotating blades.

The company said an environmental impact study is ongoing into what the wind farm might do to the marine and bird life.

Airtricity will submit its application in 2005 with the final decision being made by the Department of Trade and Industry.




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