Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Energy company displays wind farm proposals in IoM

Off shore wind farms Image copyright BBC Elvis
Image caption The Rhiannon wind farm could produce enough power for 1.5m homes, said Celtic Array

Energy company Celtic Array is holding three public meetings on the island to discuss plans for a large offshore wind farm development in the Irish Sea.

The Rhiannon project would be situated about 12 miles (19km) from Anglesey and 21 miles (34km) from the Isle of Man.

There are concerns that wind farm development in the Irish Sea may eventually impact on shipping lanes.

Celtic Array Manager David Crowther said the company was committed to "responsible" development.

Celtic Array, a joint venture between Centrica and Danish company Dong Energy, is holding a public consultation on the proposals until 19 May.

The development would comprise of up to 440 turbines, eight offshore substations and four accommodation platforms. It would have an estimated capacity of up to 2.2 GW and produce energy for about 1.5 million homes.

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