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Windfarm plans go on show
Wind turbine
The turbines would be sited 13 to 15 kilometres off the coast
An energy company that hopes to site up to 200 wind turbines off the north Wales coast has put its plans on public display.

The first of six exhibitions on the scheme was held in Rhyl on Saturday.

Npower renewables says the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm would stretch from Prestatyn in the east to Penrhyn Bay in the west.

The company says plans are still at an early stage but the turbines would be 13 to 15 kilometres off the coast.

The views of local people are an important part of the design process
Georgia Markwell

It says the development would have a total generating capacity of up to 750 megawatts, generating enough electricity each year to meet the demand of around 500,000 homes.

Information about studies being undertaken as part of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and early designs were on show at Rhyl Town Hall.

Gwynt y Môr project consents manager Georgia Markwell said: "We are holding these exhibitions to provide background information on wind power, to inform local people about this particular project, and to encourage feedback on the proposal.

"The project is still at the design stage, and the feedback that we receive from our consultations with all interested parties will provide us with valuable information towards finalising the project design.

Where to see the exhibitions
11 September - Rhyl, Town Hall
12 September - Prestatyn, Grand Hotel
9-10 October - Llandudno, Imperial Hotel
30 October - Crosby, Leisure Centre
31 October - Hoylake, King's Gap Hotel

"The views of local people are an important part of the design process, and these exhibitions are the start of a process of liaison and discussion with local communities that will continue throughout the development of the project.

"We hope that local people will take the opportunity to visit one of our exhibitions and we look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the six days."

The exhibitions are part of a wider local consultation programme that will include briefings for councillors, AMs and MPs, as well as discussions with local interest groups.

The company says it anticipates that the application to build and operate the turbines will be submitted in the second half of 2005.


SEE ALSO:
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