Exhibitions on Bristol Channel Atlantic Array Wind Project Open

I found the scale of this development interesting as many of the arguments relating to this development could have implications for development planned in The Moray Firth and Scottish west coast. A public consultation has already started on this project and will close on 10 November 2011. However, plans for the offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel are to go on show to people in 7 locations across south and west Wales.

The Atlantic Array project would be about 10 miles (16km) off the south Wales coast and nearly nine miles (14km) off north Devon.

Developers RWE npower renewables plan up to 417 turbines with a capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts (MW), which they claim, would provide enough electricity to power 1.1m households and provide the equivalent of more than 90% of the domestic electricity consumption needs of Wales. It is additional to the Gwynt y Mor project which involves 160 turbines off the north Wales coast. It is hoped the wind farm can be up and running by 2016.

Members of the public are being invited to view plans and speak to the project’s development team. Robert Thornhill, development manager for the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm, said: “The aim of holding seven exhibitions in seven different locations is to provide as many people in south Wales as possible with the opportunity to meet the team behind the project.” He said it would help them understand offshore wind energy and the benefits to the economy, the environment and communities. ”The responses and feedback we receive from local residents and businesses are essential as they will help shape the final report which forms part of our final planning application,” he added.

Full information on the RWE website, projects pages.