Atlantic Array wind farm plan reduced to 240 turbines

Zone map showing site of proposed off-shore wind farm
Image caption RWE npower renewables hope to submit plans in June 2013 (Atlantic Array boundary in red)

The size of an offshore wind farm, planned for the Bristol Channel, have again been reduced after public talks.

RWE npower Renewables says the Atlantic Array development will include a maximum of 240 turbines instead of 278. It was previously reduced from 417.

The wind farm's area will reduce from 238 square kilometres to 200, it says.

Changes to the proposals were made following a consultation and "comprehensive environmental and engineering studies" of the site.

In May 2012, the company reduced its plans to build 417 turbines, down to 278.

It also said it would move the wind farm a further 3.7 miles (6 km) away from the south Wales coast to 14 miles (22.5 km) at its closest point.

Craig Harwood, Atlantic Array project manager, said: "The revisions to the proposed Atlantic Array wind farm are being made following the completion of additional studies and focus on the site boundary closest to Lundy and north Devon."

RWE npower renewables says the changes will reduce the wind farm's maximum capacity from 1,500 megawatts to 1,200 megawatts - enough, it says, to meet "the approximate domestic needs of up to 900,000 average UK households".

The company says it aims to submit its consent application to the Planning Inspectorate in June.

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