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Application lodged to build UK's first large offshore wind farm

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PowerGen Renewables has lodged an application to build the UK's first large-scale offshore wind farm. The application for "section 36" consent from the Department of Trade and Industry is the latest phase in its five year quest to install wind turbines on Scroby Sands -- a submerged sandbank off the Norfolk Coast near Great Yarmouth. The 60 MW wind farm will comprise 30, 2 MW wind turbines by manufacturer Vestas, which has been involved in the project since PowerGen first unveiled its plans in 1995. PowerGen Renewables -- a joint venture between electricity generator and supplier PowerGen and oil services company Abbot Group -- is also waiting to hear whether it is to be granted a site lease by the Crown Estate (Windpower Monthly, March 2000). The company is to exhibit its plans for public viewing in Great Yarmouth on during April 21-22. According to a Financial Times report, Alasdair Locke of Abbot Group says the £60-80 million wind farm could be operational during 2002.

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