Offshore Atlantic Array wind farm between Swansea and Devon reduced in size
THE company behind a planned offshore wind farm between Gower and North Devon has scaled down its proposals.
RWE npower renewables said its Atlantic Array wind farm will, if given consent, have a maximum of 240 turbines - 38 less than previously considered.
The area of the wind farm has also come down from 238km sq to 200km sq, while its maximum capacity has also dropped.
However, the firm still considers the site to be capable of generating the equivalent electricity used by 900,000 homes.
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The company said it planned to submit an application for consent to the UK planning inspectorate in June.
The latest revisions, it said, followed analysis of a consultation held with local communities and statutory consultees in 2012, together with the results of environmental and engineering studies of the site. It said the changes would mean less construction noise and a better outcome for commercial fisheries.
Atlantic Array project manager Craig Harwood said the revisions focused on the site boundary closest to Lundy and North Devon.
"Combined, these refinements deliver the most appropriate offshore wind farm scheme for the area from both a technical and environmental perspective," he said. "Atlantic Array remains a significant infrastructure project capable of making a large contribution to the UK's energy needs."
"Under the new plans the distance to the nearest turbine from Mumbles Head will be 37.12km, from Aberavon Beach will be 47.94km and from Worms Head will be 23.09km.
The number of turbines visible from Mumbles and Worms Head will be 240, down from 278 and from Aberavon will be 172, down from 210.
Detailed information on the final wind farm plans will be available in an environmental statement, which will be submitted as part of the consent application.
The public will have a chance at that stage to register to take part in an application examination process.