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ANOTHER huge wind farm set for Walney

THE group behind a second huge wind farm planned for the sea off Walney says its construction will create 200 jobs. The latest proposal for 139 turbines, many of them taller than Blackpool Tower, means that within a few years there will be more than 300 turbines off the Barrow coast. The company behind the plan has promised to give as much work as it can to local contractors. On Wednesday the government gave the go-ahead for the first large wind farm off Walney planned by Danish energy group Dong. It is to develop a 75 square kilometre Walney Wind Farm with up to 152 giant turbines operating 14 miles off Walney.

THE group behind a second huge wind farm planned for the sea off Walney says its construction will create 200 jobs.

The latest proposal for 139 turbines, many of them taller than Blackpool Tower, means that within a few years there will be more than 300 turbines off the Barrow coast.

The company behind the plan has promised to give as much work as it can to local contractors.

On Wednesday the government gave the go-ahead for the first large wind farm off Walney planned by Danish energy group Dong. It is to develop a 75 square kilometre Walney Wind Farm with up to 152 giant turbines operating 14 miles off Walney.

Now Scottish Power Renewables, the leader of the consortium planning to build the West of Duddon Sands wind farm, between 14 and 22 kilometres off Walney, told the Evening Mail it is hoping to get its consent from the government in December or possibly January.

Scottish Power Renewables spokesman Derek Christie said: "During construction we expect there will be about 200 jobs and when it is operational we expect to create between 30 and 40 jobs.

"We will be holding contractor workshops where we will explain what needs to be done and how the local contractors can get involved."

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THE group behind a second huge wind farm planned for the sea off Walney says its construction will create 200 jobs.

The latest proposal for 139 turbines, many of them taller than Blackpool Tower, means that within a few years there will be more than 300 turbines off the Barrow coast.

The company behind the plan has promised to give as much work as it can to local contractors.

On Wednesday the government gave the go-ahead for the first large wind farm off Walney planned by Danish energy group Dong. It is to develop a 75 square kilometre Walney Wind Farm with up to 152 giant turbines operating 14 miles off Walney.

Now Scottish Power Renewables, the leader of the consortium planning to build the West of Duddon Sands wind farm, between 14 and 22 kilometres off Walney, told the Evening Mail it is hoping to get its consent from the government in December or possibly January.

Scottish Power Renewables spokesman Derek Christie said: "During construction we expect there will be about 200 jobs and when it is operational we expect to create between 30 and 40 jobs.

"We will be holding contractor workshops where we will explain what needs to be done and how the local contractors can get involved."

Electrical and cabling companies will be among those which could benefit.

Mr Christie said: "We as an organisation try, wherever possible, to use local contractors."

But the turbines are expected to be made abroad.

The West of Duddon Sands field could be some years off, although it is possible that it will be developed jointly with the 450 megawatt Walney Wind Farm, because the Danish energy company, Dong, is involved in both schemes.

The West of Duddon Sands consortium includes Scottish Power Renewables, Dong and Eurus Energy.

The £600m scheme will have 139 turbines in an area of sea covering 67 square kilometres. It will generate 500 megawatts of electricity.

The West of Duddon Sands turbines will tower between 450ft (137m) and 600ft (183m) above the sea surface.

That compares with the 518ft high Blackpool Tower.

Between them, the two mega fields will power more than 600,000 homes.

The first field off Walney opened last year with 30 turbines and another 30-turbine scheme by Eclipse Energy has got the go ahead.

In Barrow, Furness Enterprise says it will lobby all the firms to create local jobs and investment.

 


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NOV 9 2007
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