Steel firm Corus and AMEC Wind have applied for consent to build a 47.5 MW wind farm in a major industrial area in north east England. It will be the largest wind project in the world to be located on a brownfield site. The 19, 2.5 MW wind turbines are planned for land owned by Corus on the south bank of the River Tees. David Still of AMEC Wind says a further phase of the project could be added later, bringing the number of turbines up to 30 for a total capacity of 75 MW. Corus expects to supply the steel and engineering services to build the £30 million wind farm. The company is keen to develop partnerships with the wind industry, explains Graham Hillier from Corus. "They provide an opportunity for us to build on our assets and skills to move into the rapidly growing renewable energy sector," he says. "Opportunities include wind farm development, component manufacture and service provision. The application is expected to be determined in April.
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