Page last updated at 16:20 GMT, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 17:20 UK

Wind farm due to start generating

The Lisa, a similar barge to the KS Titan 1. Photo: Guy Woodland
Huge barges, one of which sunk, have been used in construction

A large wind farm off the coast of north Wales is due to start generating electricity within the next few days.

Energy company npower Renewables hopes to produce the first electricity from its 90-megawatt Rhyl Flats project this week, weather permitting.

It hopes the wind farm, made up of 25 turbines, will be fully operational by the end of the year.

The company has said the project will generate enough electricity to power 61,000 homes annually.

Work on the wind farm began in April 2008, but it was delayed by bad weather and other problems.

In October last year, a barge carrying giant cranes to build the turbines sank en route from America in the Atlantic.

Following that incident, the company said the project would be delayed, with completion due for late 2009.

Kevin McCullogh, chief operating officer of npower Renewables, said: "The first generation is due this week from Rhyl Flats."

A company spokesman said the first of the 25 turbines was expected to export electricity to the UK grid in the next few days.

Print Sponsor

Building of windfarm is suspended
28 Nov 08 |  Wales
Windfarm cranes sink in Atlantic
13 Nov 08 |  Wales
Huge crane moves in after delay
08 Apr 08 |  Wales
Small windfarm's growth opposed
30 Apr 03 |  North West Wales
Windfarm turns residents green
20 Aug 03 |  North East Wales
Power flows at windfarm
21 Nov 03 |  Wales

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific