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 Thursday, 26 December, 2002, 14:14 GMT
Green light for windfarm
Electricity generators
The windfarm would generate power for 50,000 homes
A new windfarm development to be built off the north Wales coast has been given the go-ahead.

The 30 turbines, to be built on Rhyl Flats, will produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes throughout Denbighshire.

We are anxious to take advantage of the opportunities offshore schemes can bring to Wales

Andrew Davies Welsh Economic Minister

In October, another offshore windfarm was given approval at North Hoyle off the coast of Prestatyn.

Work on building the Rhyl Flats turbines, which will stand 150 metres high, is scheduled to begin immediately for completion in 2004.

UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson said: "This is the third offshore windfarm development nationally and the second in Wales.

"Rhyl Flats will make a vital contribution to the Government's target to generate 10% of the UK's electricity from renewables by 2010."

A graphic impression of the north Wales scheme
The 30 turbines will be built offshore

"Job creation is a huge argument in favour of exploiting the green energy potential of Wales," he said.

The application for consent to build the Rhyl Flats windfarm was originally made by Celtic Offshore Wind Limited.

However the project will be taken forward by National Wind Power Offshore Limited.

The company already has consent to build 30 offshore wind turbines at North Hoyle.

Other projects

Welsh Assembly Economic Minister Andrew Davies welcomed the announcement on Thursday.

"We are anxious to take advantage of the opportunities offshore schemes can bring to Wales," he said.

In December 2001, Brian Wilson gave the go-ahead for the biggest windfarm in Britain to be built in Ceredigion in west Wales.

Once built, the 35m development at Cefn Croes should supply nearly 50% of the electricity needs of Ceredigion and 1% of the needs of Wales.


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