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Old July 4th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #61
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Newton Aycliffe news, ---this from the Northern Echo, --

E.ON to consult locals over plans for 24 turbine Newton Aycliffe wind farm

4:33pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012 in Newton Aycliffe News

AN energy firm plans to consult locals on its preferred lay-out for a controversial 24-turbine wind farm.

E.ON is proposing to build two clusters of seven turbines and one of 17 more than a mile apart east of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The scheme, known as The Isles, was original drawn up by E.ON to hold 45 turbines but it was re-drafted E.ON says the wind farm will generate 63.5MW which will create enough power to power around 35,000 homes.

The new proposals are to be put on show at a series of public events during E.ON’s second stage of consultations.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 01:04 PM   #62
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Two 32.4m high wind turbines with meter units at Land To The South Of, West Kyo Farm House, Bradley Fell Road, Ryton - Planning Application

Arrived on Gateshead Planning portal 13/09/12 AM:-

DC/12/00474/FUL

Proposed siting of two 32.4m high wind turbines with meter units at Land To The South Of, West Kyo Farm House, Bradley Fell Road, Ryton.

Bradley Fell Farm Ryton Wylam NE41 8JN

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=M2OLRIHK3Y000

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Old September 20th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #63
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Wallsend wind turbine parts factory plans approved
by Sonia Sharma, The Journal, September 20th 2012


The Minister for Energy Ed Davey (centre) takes a tour of OGN in Wallsend

MORE THAN 800 jobs are set to be created along the River Tyne, after plans were approved for a new factory to make parts for offshore wind turbines. The £50m facility is to be constructed at a yard on Hadrian Road, in Wallsend, North Tyneside, after the scheme was given the green light by a planning committee. Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN), which is behind the project, says the factory will help to boost the offshore and renewable energy industry. The new 36,000sqm fabrication unit will be used to produce metal jackets for wind turbines, including the innovative Triton foundation.

Graham Kennedy, director and chief technical officer for OGN and its subsidiary firm Aquind, said: “The achievement of this milestone is excellent news, both for OGN and the North Tyneside area in general. We are delighted that North Tyneside Council has supported this project. We will create around 100 jobs during the construction of the facility and then 700 new sustainable jobs for people in its operation, plus many more in the regional supply chain. We look forward to working with the council and residents as we take this exciting development forward.”


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Old October 31st, 2012, 09:38 AM   #64
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Death knell for wind farms: 'Enough is enough' says minister

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John Hayes said that we can “no longer have wind turbines imposed on communities” and added that it “seems extraordinary” they have allowed to spread so much throughout the country.

The energy minister said he had ordered a new analysis of the case for onshore wind power which would form the basis of future government policy, rather than “a bourgeois Left article of faith based on some academic perspective”. The comments sparked speculation that Conservative ministers are planning to drop their support for wind farms — a move which would trigger a major Coalition rift.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 09:18 PM   #65
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Courtesy of The Shields Gazette.

Port hoping for jobs bonanza

By Paul Kelly
Published on Wednesday 31 October 2012 15:30




HUNDREDS of new jobs could be created at the South Tyneside-based Port of Tyne, it has emerged.

Ambitious plans for expansion in the renewable energy field could lead to major investment in the Port headquarters at Tyne Dock, South Shields.

The main aim is to create an offshore and wind turbine manufacturing site at the Port of Tyne, with the land and facilities already available to accommodate this on the site.

Now the search is on to persuade a major wind turbine manufacturer to set up in South Tyneside.

And today its chief operating officer, Steve Harrison, predicted a major jobs boost could follow.

He said: “At this stage we are talking to various potential customers and investors in both the wood pellet and offshore sectors.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #66
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Hub to test viability of North East turbines
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, November 15th 2012


A RESEARCH platform for measuring wind speed and observing sea conditions has this week been installed as part of a pioneering £300m research and development project for the offshore wind industry in the sea off Northumberland. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has erected the offshore anemometry hub three nautical miles off the coast of Blyth, close to the site of 15 proposed giant wind turbines.

The platform is fitted with the latest technologies for measuring wind resource, observing marine conditions and collecting marine life data. At a height of 103m above sea level, its meteorological mast is among the tallest planned for offshore wind in the UK. The data collected from this instrument will validate conditions on the proposed demonstration site for the world’s next generation of super-powerful turbines.

Andrew Mill, chief executive at Narec, said: “The installation represents a significant step forward in the realisation of the demonstration project, which has been designed to enable the commercialisation of the next generation of offshore wind turbines and their associated structures and electrical network equipment. This is the right time for manufacturers to provide assurance to investors in the sector by building up operating hours on their new designs in a realistic offshore environment.”

The platform has been designed for a 22-year life and its installation on a tripod structure at 37m water depth follows the approach being taken for the installation of wind turbines in deep waters.


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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #67
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Ravensworth Grange, Kibblesworth, Gateshead - Installation of 10 KW micro wind turbine

This on Gateshead Planning Portal 19/11/12 as "Granted"

DC/12/00632/FUL

Installation of 10 KW micro wind turbine, overall height 15 metres ground to hub and 18.5 metres ground to rotor tip (amended 12/10/12).

Ravensworth Grange, Kibblesworth, Gateshead NE11 0HX

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=M4QMCMHK09O00

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Old January 31st, 2013, 08:43 PM   #68
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Wind Turbine at Sheddons Hill, Birtley refused planning

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They have been busy down at Gateshead

One application I'm watching with interest is the erection of a wind turbine on Sheddons Hill (Eighton Banks/Springwell/Birtley) purely because I live nearby and I think it would spoil a lovely vista scene

Lots of objections thus far

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=LR5K3QHK3Y000

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Finally on Gateshead Planning portal 31/01/13 as REFUSED

DC/11/01019/FUL

Erection of single wind turbine (79m tip height) with associated assembly and crane areas, separate 3m high bunded compound around switch room and metering unit and provision of temporary construction access track, as amended and supplemented by plans and additional information received 22 December 2011, amended by plans received on 11 January 2012 and additional supporting information received 5 July 2012.

Sheddon's Hill Birtley

Application was received Wed 07 Sep 2011

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=LR5K3QHK3Y000

Would have been interesting to see if in operation today with wind speeds in excess 60 mph in region

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Old February 6th, 2013, 12:43 PM   #69
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Government delay is hitting Narec wind farm bid
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, February 6th 2013


Narec says wind farm projects could be thwarted by the delayed Energy Bill

THE firm behind the UK's largest research and development project for the offshore wind industry says multi-million-pound wind farm projects in the North Sea could be thwarted by the Government's delayed Energy Bill. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has pioneered a £300m offshore demonstration project which, if approved, will see 15 giant turbines built in the sea off Northumberland.

Narec submitted an application for the necessary Marine Management Organisation (MMO) approval in March last year for permission to construct the development. The application process is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the year and it is hoped that preparatory work on the construction phase will start this summer.

The 15 turbines, which will be connected to the grid but will not operate as a commercial wind farm, will be built 1km apart and in water depths of between 35- 60m. Although Narec has already begun talks with major manufacturers to collaborate on the build-out of the 100MW Blyth Offshore Demonstration Project, it says the Government’s delayed electricity market reform could effect the multi- million-pound test facility’s long-term future.


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Old February 6th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #70
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If they can connect to the grid but can't work as a commercial wind farm then what is the point in them and what is with the hurry?
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Old February 8th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #71
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South Tyneside college & Marine Training Centre - opens after £4.5 million refurbishment

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South Tyneside college opens modernised Marine School http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business...1140-32763562/
Some pictures taken my myself recently of this establishment - in advance of construction of new training tower for rescue practice of personnel from wind turbine structures (this planning application having been covered in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn thread, posts 199, 205 onwards, see http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...985372&page=10)















From what I heard on Radio Newcastle this morning, an Open Day of this facility to happen Saturday 09 February 2013

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Old February 8th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #72
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Can't find anything on it, perhaps one of those wind testing rigs for feasibility studies for wind turbine farms?

Hint, Googling Whitley Bay erections may not turn up what you are looking for!
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Can't find anything on it, perhaps one of those wind testing rigs for feasibility studies for wind turbine farms?
I thought of that, it just seems tremendously tall for that, almost a hazard to helicopters.


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Yep, I found that out as well, a hard one to google .
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Old May 6th, 2013, 01:37 PM   #74
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£35m turbine testing rig planned for the North East
by Angela Upex, The Journal, May 6th 2013


A new turbine rig is being built at Narec

TURBINE DEVELOPERS will soon have access to a £35m testing facility in the region to help drive the UK's offshore wind energy generation. A new turbine test rig is being built at Narec to enable turbine companies to bring their systems into operation sooner. A bespoke 35m-high, 3,000sq building to house the test rig has been completed and handed over six weeks ahead of schedule. It will be able to deal with the performance, endurance and compressed life testing of complete nacelles – the unit at the top of the tower housing the electricity generation system – up to 15megawatts (mw).

Andrew Mill, chief executive at Narec in Blyth, Northumberland, said: “We will be the first independent facility to undertake accelerated life testing of a next generation offshore wind turbine. The early completion of building works is a significant achievement and we expect to have completed our first commercial test programme by the middle of next year. The entire facility is bespoke, designed and built to ensure that larger turbines can be brought into operation sooner. It will have a significant impact on the improved design and operation of offshore wind turbines in the UK over the next 20 years.”


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Old May 7th, 2013, 03:51 PM   #75
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Great news; good to get the North East to the centre of future technology and engineering over the next decade or so.

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A new turbine rig is being built at Narec

TURBINE DEVELOPERS will soon have access to a £35m testing facility in the region to help drive the UK's offshore wind energy generation. A new turbine test rig is being built at Narec to enable turbine companies to bring their systems into operation sooner. A bespoke 35m-high, 3,000sq building to house the test rig has been completed and handed over six weeks ahead of schedule. It will be able to deal with the performance, endurance and compressed life testing of complete nacelles – the unit at the top of the tower housing the electricity generation system – up to 15megawatts (mw).

Andrew Mill, chief executive at Narec in Blyth, Northumberland, said: “We will be the first independent facility to undertake accelerated life testing of a next generation offshore wind turbine. The early completion of building works is a significant achievement and we expect to have completed our first commercial test programme by the middle of next year. The entire facility is bespoke, designed and built to ensure that larger turbines can be brought into operation sooner. It will have a significant impact on the improved design and operation of offshore wind turbines in the UK over the next 20 years.”


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Generating wind power for 20 years

Follow up to last post - this from BBC News Tyne and Wear

The first wind turbines in the North East began generating power 20 years ago.

On 14 May 1993, nine turbines along the harbour wall at Blyth in Northumberland were the pioneers.

Between them they produced less electricity than just one of the modern turbines now springing up in the North East countryside.

But the giants seen today are minnows compared to the offshore turbines soon to be sited off the North East coast.

That next generation is being tested where it all started, in Blyth.


Link including 2 min 11 second video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-22527850

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Old May 30th, 2013, 12:20 PM   #77
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Bradley Fell Farm, Ryton - Planning Application for Erection of two (46.9m tip height) wind turbines etc

This on Gateshead Planning Portal 30/05/13

DC/12/00474/FUL

Erection of two (46.9m tip height) wind turbines with associated assembly areas, crane area, access track (including turning circle) and meter unit/electrical control housing.

Bradley Fell Farm Ryton Wylam NE41 8JN


http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=M2OLRIHK3Y000

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Note that application has been in system since "Application received Wed 18 Apr 2012" and has amended drawings dated 11 July and 29 August 2012 within the Planning Documents

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Old June 5th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #78
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Alcan smelter land and assets put up for sale
by Brian Daniel, The Journal, June 5th 2013


LAND and assets at a closed Northumberland smelter have been put up for sale for £20m. Farms, residential properties, development opportunities, an operational 13 turbine wind farm and strategic mineral assets at the site of the former Alcan Lynemouth smelter are being offered just over a year after it shut.

Bosses at Alcan said they hoped a deal could be agreed which would see the property portfolio transferred to “a responsible purchaser with long-term plans that will benefit the communities of Northumberland”. The Alcan Farms portfolio is being offered for sale by agents YoungsRPS. In all, the total landholding is 1,785.34 hectares – 4,411.57 acres. Offers in the region of £20m are being sought.

The land has been managed as part of the Alcan Farms business since 1973. It was originally purchased by the company to support operations at the smelter


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Old July 29th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #79
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Thropton farm wind turbine go ahead advised

From today's Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/nor...ine-go-5377700

Thropton farm wind turbine go ahead advised

By Brian Daniel - 29th July 2013



Controversial plans for a wind turbine in the Northumberland countryside are being recommended for approval, despite more than 100 objections.

Northumberland County Council planning officers are advising members to give the go-ahead for the 78-metre structure on a farm at Thropton, near Rothbury, in the face of opposition from residents, parish councils, bosses at nearby Northumberland National Park and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The turbine proposal is for an engine 50 metre to hub height, 78 metres to tip, on land associated with Follions Farm, Weststeads.

It has yielded objections in 107 letters from residents and four parish councils – Harbottle; Glanton; Whittingham, Callaly and Alnham; and Netherton with Biddlestone. Northumberland National Park Authority and the CPRE have also lodged opposition. A Facebook page and website have also been set up by residents under the banner Fight Follions Wind Farm.

Objections are based on impact on the character of the local and wider landscape, on the visual amenity of the area, and on the local economy including tourism.

Yet county council officers are recommending the scheme be approved at a meeting of the authority’s planning and environment and public rights of way committee on August 6.

Officers conclude: “The proposed wind turbine would contribute to the provision of a sustainable source of locally produced renewable energy that is consistent with national and local planning policies.

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£66m wind industry injection for North East economy

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£66m wind industry injection for North East economy

By The Journal - 2nd August 2013



The North East is set to benefit from a £66m injection of cash into the offshore wind industry which could boost the economy by £7bn.

The North Eastern and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships, which bring together industry and local authority leaders, will play a leading role in bringing investment to the region.

The major new strategy published by Deputy PM Nick Clegg states the UK will require “billions of pounds of investment in new low carbon electricity generation” to help the nation meet a target of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 .

The North East is highlighted as a region set to benefit, alongside Great Yarmouth, the Humber and Merseyside. The announcement came as industry body RenewableUK revealed that the UK’s total onshore and offshore wind capacity had passed 10 gigawatts, providing enough power for the equivalent of 5.5 million homes.

Measures include £46m in funding over five years for a body called the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (Orec), which provides expertise and support to firms developing offshore wind, tidal and wave power technology.

The organisation has offices at the New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth, Northumberland, which has some of the UK’s best testing and research facilities for renewable energy. Orec was created by a consortium of agencies and businesses involved in developing low carbon energy technology, and also has a base in Scotland.

It caps a good few weeks for Narec after The Journal reported at the start of July how it had created a £2.8m project called RETA to support SMEs to get a foothold in the offshore sector.

Mr Clegg also announced that £20m would be allocated to a project called GROW: Offshore Wind, which aims to help manufacturers in the UK supply chain to win more contracts from the offshore wind industry sector.

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