Steel manufacturer Corus, Northern Electric Generation and AMEC Border Wind have joined forces with the aim of building the world's largest urban wind farm on Teesside in north east England. The three companies -- all with a strong presence in the north east -- are to investigate the potential of a major industrial brownfield site on the south bank of the River Tees. The project partners have not yet decided on the size of the wind farm but say it will be of sufficient scale to attract a wind turbine manufacturer to set up a manufacturing plant on Teesside. The project has the support of the local development agency, and the Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit. The site is on Corus land, and Corus would supply the steel and engineering services. The partner companies claim TeesWind will act as a catalyst for economic regeneration of the area. "Teesside is a major user of electricity and has much to gain from harnessing clean forms of power," says Graham Hillier from Corus UK. Unusually for a British wind project, the scheme has the backing of the local council from the outset. David Walsh, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, says the "visually exciting" project is an innovative way of dealing with large tracts of former industrial land. Work on the feasibility of TeesWind began in April and will last over 18 months, ending with a planning application to the council. If successful, construction could begin in 2003.
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