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National Wind Power's second project off north Wales coast

British government consent for 30 wind turbines, eight kilometres off the coast of north Wales, gives National Wind Power (NWP) its second offshore wind project. NWP, a subsidiary of electricity major Innogy, has bought the project at Rhyl Flats from Celtic Offshore Wind Limited -- a consortium of Renewable Development Company (RDC), which led the development work and obtained the consents, and First Hydro Renewables Ltd, which had originally intended to be the owner and operator. First Hydro, however, has been pulled out of the project by its parent company Edison Mission Energy, which claims it has ceased all business development activities due to the depressed state of the international power generation market. National Wind Power already owns a neighbouring project at North Hoyle which received consent in 2002 and is expected to be built and operating before the end of 2003. The turbines are being supplied by Vestas. Geraint Jewson of RDC says: "We are delighted that the local community, the North Wales Councils and the Welsh Assembly government have given such positive support to the scheme. RDC will be working closely with NWP to help ensure the successful implementation of this flagship project." Work is due to start immediately for completion in 2004. A turbine supplier has yet to be chosen.

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