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Mega wind turbines could be built on marshland at Grain  

Credit:  by Medway Messenger reporter | 15 April 2015 | www.kentonline.co.uk ~~

Two ‘mega’ wind turbines measuring up to 135m tall could be built on marshland at Grain.

Locals will get the chance to have their say on the giant windmills – the height of the London Eye – at an open meeting on Tuesday.

TNEI, the company representing Rochester applicant, Estuary Energy, revealed wildlife studies were already under way and with favourable feedback a proposal could be submitted as early as the end of May.

If the project goes ahead, the two turbines would be at Perry’s Farm – north of the gas terminal and west of Grain village – with a road off the B2001.

TNEI’s Chris Haggon told the Medway Messenger ‘stand-off’ constraints – to avoid the area’s existing infrastructure, including pylons, gas storage tanks and water courses – have restricted the number of turbines, with their considerable height allowing them to maximise productivity.

He said: “Turbines of this height suffer less turbulence and would be less affected by the industrial buildings in the area.”

TNEI estimates the turbines, which would take up less than half a hectare, could provide power for up to 4,000 local homes a year.

Any additional power would find its way on to the National Grid.

The waterfront site proposed now produces arable crops, but is understood to be prone to flooding.

Mr Haggon said: “The UK is the windiest country in the whole of Europe, which makes it an attractive location for offshore and onshore windfarms. This area is very flat and the turbines will be visible, as is the existing infrastructure in the area.”

If approved, the turbines, which would be built in Europe, would be brought in by boat to nearby Thamesport.

Mr Haggon said: “We are keen for people to attend our exhibition and to make their views known before any plan is submitted.”

The public can view the proposal, with a chance to ask questions of representatives from TNEI and Estuary Energy, from 3pm to 8pm at Grain Village Hall.

Source:  by Medway Messenger reporter | 15 April 2015 | www.kentonline.co.uk

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