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Rhyl Flats wind farm restarts after winter

Construction of one of the UK’s largest offshore wind farms resumed this week after a winter break.

Adverse weather forced contractors to stop work at RWE Npower renewables’ Rhyl Flats site off the north Wales coast on 15 December.

Work could not restart immediately because there was a risk it could interfere with migrating birds. The jack-up barge Lisa-A2 was loaded with components at the Port of Mostyn on Wednesday. From there it was towed to site.

Erection of the first of 25 wind turbines for the 90MW scheme is expected to begin when the barge arrives on site before completion a week later. The turbines are being mounted on 25 foundation piles that were sunk in 2008.

“During the summer, the wind farm will start to produce its first electricity and we expect that all 25 wind turbines will be generating clean, green electricity in the final quarter of 2009,” said Npower renewables project manager Richard Watson.

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