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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Tees wind farm plan discussed
Wind farm
There would be between 20 and 30 turbines
A consultation is taking place on Tuesday into proposals to build a wind farm on Teesside.

There are plans to site it approximately 1.5 kilometres off the coast, near the mouth of the Tees.

Northern Offshore Wind Ltd wants to build the wind farm at Coatham Sands - which lies between the Tees Bay and the northern tip of Redcar.

The company says it is committed to consultation with local people, and businesses, as part of a compulsory Environmental Impact Assessment it must carry out.

Northern Offshore Wind project manager Tony Scorer said: "We are inviting members of the public from Redcar and Hartlepool, and anyone else with an interest, to ask questions about the wind farm.

Local jobs

"Wind farms can be noisy but we don't think there will be in an increase in background noise from ours, as we are one-and-a-half kilometres offshore.

"Our scheme would make a significant contribution to energy provision in the area, generating enough power for 72,000 homes."

He said if the scheme gets the go-ahead from the Department of Trade and Industry, between 20 and 30 turbines would be constructed by 2005.

The company will be holding its consultation meeting on Tuesday in the Baltic Room at Hartlepool Historic Quay from 1800 to 2100 BST.

The wind farm will also require some onshore cabling and sub-station works, which it is hoped may lead to local jobs.




SEE ALSO:
Concern over wind farm plans
13 Aug 03  |  Suffolk
Public inquiry into wind farm
12 Aug 03  |  Norfolk
Protest over wind farm plans
30 Jul 03  |  Cumbria


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