Work on Fullabrook wind farm 'to start next year'

WORK on building the Fullabrook Wind Farm between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe is expected to start early next year. ESB, the Irish State owned electricity utility, today announced that it has acquired Fullabrook and also the already-operating West Durham Wi

WORK on building the Fullabrook Wind Farm between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe is expected to start early next year.

ESB, the Irish State owned electricity utility, today announced that it has acquired Fullabrook and also the already-operating West Durham Wind Farm in the North East of England as its first wind farms in Britain.

The controversial 22-turbine Fullabrook Wind Farm was granted consent by the Government in October 2007 following a public inquiry, after it had been rejected by local planners.

It will be the largest wind farm in Devon.


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ESB has announced that is it acquiring all the Fullabrook project interest and expects to start construction there early next year. It has also acquired 100 per cent interest in the 12-turbine West Durham Wind Farm, which started generating last May.

Announcing these separate deals, Head of Wind Development for ESB, Joe O'Mahony, said; "These acquisitions mark the first step in the company's strategy to achieve 200 MW of wind generation in Great Britain by 2012. We are committed to developing a balanced portfolio of generation in Great Britain, with less reliance on carbon."

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ESB is Ireland's leading electricity company. The company and its wholly-owned subsidiary ESBI is an international energy business with operations across the energy sector, from developing, constructing and operating power plants and wind farms, to generating, trading and supplying electricity.

The ESB Group employs approximately 6,500 people and ESB International employs 1,200 on its overseas business that has spanned more than 100 countries.

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