More wind in Wales

A new wind farm development off the North Wales coast has been given the go-ahead by the UK Government.

A new wind farm development, 8km off the North Wales coast, which will produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes, has been given the go-ahead by the UK Government.

Once completed, the development will comprise up to 30 turbines, standing 150 metres high, and produce around 100MW of electricity. Work on the development is scheduled to begin immediately for completion in 2004.

Energy Minister Brian Wilson said: ‘This is the third offshore wind farm development nationally and the second in Wales, which is blessed with some of the finest natural energy resources in the world.’

‘Rhyl Flats will make a vital contribution to the Government’s target to generate 10% of the UK’s electricity from renewables by 2010,’ he added.

The application for consent to build the Rhyl Flats wind farm was originally made by Celtic Offshore Wind Limited. However the project will be taken forward by National Wind Power Offshore Limited, which already holds consents for the neighbouring North Hoyle wind farm.