Wind energy is coming together with conventional fuels in an unusual project on the outskirts of Lincoln in eastern England. Gas and oil company Star Energy has applied for consent to build 14 wind turbines close to its network of small oil production sites where it is also planning to store gas. Gas would be injected underground into an existing oil reservoir, at the same time improving oil recovery and extending the life of the field. The turbines, each up to 2 MW, would produce power equivalent to the oilfield's needs. "It makes good economic and environmental sense to extend the life of the oilfield and at the same time produce a sustainable power supply, making the whole project energy neutral," says Tristan Mackie of All Wind Ltd, consultant to the project. If the project is approved, Star says it hopes to start work on installing the wind turbines in time for next winter.
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