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Weather test bid for wind farm  

An area that has become a hot spot for wind farm developers will have a fresh application from an energy company.

A public inquiry is due to be held into three proposed wind farms in the North Tyne area of Tynedale, and now Cornwall based Nuon UK Ltd has submitted a planning application to install a temporary meteorological mast.

The mast, 60 metres high and in place for 30 months, would be put up north of Tone Hall, at Birtley, in the North Tyne.

It would act as a weather station collecting data to establish if the location is suitable for a renewable energy development.

The mast, a base plate, anchor points and guy wires would take up no more ground space than six metres square.

Nuon UK Ltd, whose parent company is a leading Dutch utility firm, said it was simply investigating the potential of the site.

Project manager Chris Ranner said: “It is a temporary application which will allow us to investigate the climate and determine whether enough energy can be generated for us to consider a project at some point in the future.

“I would estimate that only 10% of sites actually go forward to be developed.”

The application is due before Tynedale Council’s planners on June 20.

The Journal

11 June 2007

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