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Open days for windfarm queries

Published date: 30 November 2011 |
Published by: David Waddington
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WINDFARM experts will answer public questions at a series of open days.

RWE npower, which is building the 160-turbine Gwynt Y Mor windfarm, will show 3D animations of the development and answer questions on the project.

Toby Edmonds, the Gwynt Y Mor project director said: “The whole point behind the events is to allow people to come and find out about more what’s happening, but to also talk to members of the team.
“People can also ask questions about the technology and the economic and community benefits which come along with the windfarm as well.”

Onshore work, including the installation of underground cables and construction of a substation, has been progressing on schedule with offshore work set to begin in January, 2012 eight miles out to sea.

Mr Edmonds said: they had to prepare the seabed, clear large boulders, and place stones on the seabed before they foundations were laid.

He said: “Depending on the weather the construction site might be completely obscured. There will be days when you see vessels out there, especially the jacked-up vessels which have legs which lift it out of the water. When the legs are on they are 78m high so you can see that from quite a long way out.
“Those with keener eyesight may see some medium size ships doing seabed preparations and there will be a few deliveries coming through the normal shipping lanes.”

Mr Edmonds said residents would be kept up to date on all aspects of the construction process through postal bulletins and a new website, which is being created in anticipation of the offshore work.

He said: “In my experience if people don’t know what is happening it can concern them. When they come along to events like the open day they often breathe a sigh of relief and actually find it’s quite interesting. That’s what we’re hoping.”

  • Open days will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Colwyn Bay Library; on Friday at Rhyl Library; and Saturday at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

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