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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Work starts on windfarm

WORK has started on erecting three wind turbines at Whittonstall’s Boundary Lane.

Monday saw the first deliveries to the site, with work expected to be completed by March.

The windfarm, which is a joint venture between Wind Prospect Ltd and EDF Energy Renewables, was approved by Northumberland County Council in March 2011.

EDF project manager Duncan Fone told Shotley Low Quarter Parish Council at its recent meeting that 22 vehicles would be involved in the delivery operation, accompanied by police escorts.

Councillors expressed concerns that the convoys would cause problems for the school bus, but developers said precautions had been put in place to prevent vehicles blocking the road during busy commuting times.

Also taking place will be the installation of cables along the roadside, but no road closure has been deemed necessary.

The site is expected to be fully commissioned by March, and the 6MW wind farm is expected to produce green electricity equivalent to the domestic annual demand of approximately 3,000 homes.

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