A giant wind turbine twice the height of the Transporter Bridge is planned for Teesside. The turbine would be built at Dabholm Road, Grangetown by supermarket chain Asda and would be used to power a depot they have at the site.
It would stand 417ft tall from the base to the tip of the blade.
That would tower over the 180ft Transporter Bridge and the 230ft Centre North East building in Middlesbrough, which is the largest office block in the area.
The turbine would dwarf even the large turbines visible from the A19 near Hart north of Hartlepool which are about 200ft high.
Asda bosses are hoping to put a planning application before Redcar and Cleveland Council in October, but would first like to consult local residents on the plans.
The project is expected to cost the company in the region of £2.5m.
Mark Orpin, Asda’s wind turbine project manager, said: “Wind turbines are a clean, safe way of producing energy.
“Advances in technology mean that the noise levels are very low and people would be able to hold a conversation directly beneath the wind turbine without having to raise their voices.
“This is an exciting project for us. Not only will it bring environmental benefits, it will also help safeguard the future of our depot by helping us overcome the impact of ever-rising energy costs.”
Asda estimate the turbine would pay back the £2.5m outlay within eight months, after which it would continue to produce carbon-free electricity.
Studies are being conducted to ensure there are no negative effects on local ecology or important archaeological sites.
The plans have been unveiled as part of a national £17m project by Asda to reduce their impact on the environment.
A spokesman for the British Wind Energy Association said: “It is actually far better to build one tall wind turbine rather than two or three smaller ones.
“Wind at a greater height is less interrupted by surroundings and the industry is moving towards far more efficient machines like this.”
Local people will have the chance to find out more at a public meeting to be held in Asda’s South Bank store in North Street on Sunday August 5, 11am-4pm and Monday August 6, 10am-5pm. A further public exhibition will be held at Golden Boy Green Community Centre, Normanby Road, South Bank on Tuesday August 7 from 1pm-7pm.
by Andrew Pain, Evening Gazette
24 July 2007
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