Consent has been granted for the UK's largest "brownfield" wind farm on Teesside in the industrial north of England. The 45 MW project is a joint venture between international engineering company AMEC and steel giant Corus, and will comprise 18 turbines on Corus' steelworks site near Redcar. The £30 million Tees Wind North plant could be the first of several similar developments as AMEC and Corus consider wind stations on nine further Corus sites in the UK and northern Europe. Corus says it can supply not only the steel but also the engineering services needed for wind farm construction. "The partnership between Corus, AMEC, local government and the development agencies involved in the planning application has been very successful," comments David Still from AMEC's wind business. "We hope that local industry will capitalise on the start we have made by diversifying into supplying this rapidly-growing market." The wind farm is expected to be operational before the end of 2003.
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