Planning approval has been granted for a new windfarm to be built at Wear Point in western Pembrokeshire.
The windfarm will provide enough power to supply 11% of Pembrokeshire’s households, more than 5,500 households per year.
Royal Haskoning carried out the planning application in addition to environmental impact assessment on behalf of the Wind Farm developer Infinergy.
Project Manager at Royal Haskoning, Rufus Howard, said: “The new wind farm at Wear Point furthers Milford Haven’s reputation as a national energy hub, showing progressive development from traditional energy sources such as oil and LNG, through to new, clean renewable production”.
Located close to a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as well as being located on historically contaminated brownfield land, the wind farm site presented Royal Haskoning with unique environmental challenges.
“The site had previously been heavily investigated prior to Royal Haskoning commencing the scoping study, which provided us with a lot of existing data on which to base initial judgements. This was then complemented with targeted environmental studies to assess, amongst other issues, the ecological habitats that might be affected, health & safety issues, visual implications and noise impacts of the development,” he said.
Infinergy aims to have the wind farm operational by the end of 2012.