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Wind farm set to neighbor coal-fired power station

Published on 31 August 2010

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By Mark Venables

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The Drax power station, situated in North Yorkshire, is set to have a new neighbour - a wind farm that once completed will be home to 12, 100-metre turbines.

The Drax power station, situated in North Yorkshire, is set to have a new neighbour - a wind farm that once completed will be home to 12, 100-metre turbines.

The nearest turbine at the Rusholme development will be about a mile east of the village of Drax and about half a mile north-west of the village of Airmyn, East Yorkshire.  The wind farm will be situated close to Drax power station, which is the largest coal-fired station in western Europe.

The hub of each of the wind farm's 12 turbines will be at a height of 60 metres with 40-metre blades, meaning a total height of no greater than 100 metres.

A statement from Wind Prospect Group revealed that The Rusholme development began after independent studies found that the area would be suitable for a wind energy development,

The organisation said residents were able to find out about the wind farm proposal at exhibitions held by Wind Prospect Group where they were also able to give feedback.

A statement from the group said: "To date, work on the development's site compound has been completed, together with the road enabling and the wind farm's substation.

"Connection to the YEDL distribution network will eventually be made at 66kV, rather than the usual 33kV connection."



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