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Examining potential for wind development at South Wales ports

Offshore developer Eclipse Energy is to come ashore under an agreement with Associated British Ports to look at the potential for wind development at five South Wales ports. Over the course of this year, Eclipse will be assessing the environmental and technical feasibility of sites within the ports of Cardiff, Barry, Newport, Swansea and Port Talbot. Collectively these are known as the Gwynt Yr Hafan project, and have already been identified by the Welsh Assembly Government as potential "brown-field" areas suitable for wind power development. Ian Hatton from Eclipse Energy comments: "Although individual sites are limited to 25 MW of generation capacity under planning guidelines, collectively or individually, Gwynt Yr Hafan's sites could potentially make a significant contribution to renewable energy targets for Wales."

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