RWE Innogy plans for giant wind farm

Oct. 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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LIVERPOOL, England, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The space needed to build a 576 megawatt wind farm planned off the coast of Liverpool is enormous, an official at energy company RWE Innogy said.

RWE Innogy signed an agreement to lease around 35 acres at a port near Liverpool. The energy company said it would use the land as a base for construction of its Gwynt y Mor wind farm planned for the Liverpool coast. The name is Welsh for "sea wind."

The company, starting in October, will start building foundations for the 160 turbines planned for the offshore wind farm.

The company said the facility will have an installed capacity of 576 megawatts and is to come online by 2014.

"The space required to store and preassemble the large-scale components (of the wind farm) is enormous," Martin Skiba, head of offshore wind power at RWE Innogy, said in a statement.

The company said it is in the process of building wind power plants in Europe with an installed capacity of 1,000 MW. It is pressing for permits for more offshore wind projects that would bring that total to 5,000 MW by 2014.

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