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Work begins on massive offshore wind farm off Pensarn  

Credit:  Published by: Rhian Waller, www.rhyljournal.co.uk 12 March 2012 ~~

Work has begun on beach excavations for a massive offshore wind farm.

Workmen have started digging up sections of the beach at Pensarn as part of the construction of Gwynt y Môr Wind Farm.

The trial excavations are taking place to prepare for the installation of subsea cabling.

Toby Edmonds, Gwynt y Môr project director, said: “These trials are very important to establish the exact procedure for the export cable to be brought ashore at Pensarn later in the spring and early summer.

“A small section of the beach will be fenced off to members of the public during the trials and access along the coastal footpath will remain open at all times.”

Four subsea export cables will transport power from the wind farm through two offshore substations, to a transition pit behind the beach at Pensarn, which will in turn lead to a new substation being built at St Asaph Business Park.

Once built, the 576 Mega Watt wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 400,000 homes, and will be one of the biggest arrays in Europe.

Mr Edmonds said the work work will take place during daylight hours and should be completed by March 17 when the beach will be returned to its original state.

An information line 0845 0260587 has been set up for people to call if they have questions about the project.

Source:  Published by: Rhian Waller, www.rhyljournal.co.uk 12 March 2012

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