The terms of a tender for the lease of a site off the north coast of Ulster for a wind farm of at least 150 MW has been agreed by the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate is issuing tender documents and expects to hold the competition to identify a "competent" developer for the project by the end of April. Minister for Enterprise Sir Reg Empey says: "Potential developers interested in acquiring the lease of the site will be required to demonstrate their capacity to develop this new form of renewable energy. The site is close to environmentally sensitive areas around the north coast and therefore any proposals for development will be subject to a full environmental impact study." If the wind farm is built, it could supply customers in Northern Ireland by 2005, he adds.
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