Plans have been submitted for an extra 22 turbines at a proposed wind farm off Clacton.
Danish energy group Dong Energy wants to build the extra turbines at the Gunfleet Sands Wind Farm, which already has Government consent to build 30 turbines.
The 415ft turbines will be built 7km off Clacton and will be visible from the resort.
The project, which is expected to cost more than £200 million, gained Government consent in October 2003.
A lease option agreement for a further 22 turbines was also granted in 2003 and Dong Energy has revealed its intention to build the additional turbines.
It has filed an application and submitted an environmental statement to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Marine Fisheries Agency.
Frits Kristoffersen, the Gunfleet Sands project manager, said: “This new phase will have up to 22 offshore wind turbines generating up to 64MW of clean energy and preventing the release of thousands of tonnes of polluting carbon dioxide gas.”
A team of experts will be on hand to answer questions from residents during three exhibitions.
The events will take place from noon to 5pm on Sunday at Essex Hall, Clacton town hall, on Monday at Frinton community centre and on Wednesday at Jaywick Methodist Church Hall.
Copies of the statement explaining the proposals will be available for inspection until August 2 at Clacton Library in Station Road, Frinton library in Old Road, and Tendring Council offices in Weeley.
A mast installed on Gunfleet Sands has revealed the site is among the second highest category of annual average wind speed in the country.
The mast discovered wind speeds of more than nine m/s at 80 metres above mean sea level.
By James Dwan
21 June 2007
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