Wind farm substation planned for West Moors

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By Stour & Avon Magazine | Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:00

PLANS for a large wind farm off the Dorset coast include an 18-mile cable line from the shoreline to a substation on the outskirts of West Moors.

Dutch energy company Eneco has been awarded rights by the Crown Estate to set up the offshore electricity plant between Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight.

The wind farm, known as Navitus Bay Wind Park, is expected to comprise as many as 250 turbines, generating enough electricity to power around 700,000 homes.

Public consultation is under way and an application for a Development Consent Order is expected to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission by the end of next year.

Cables carrying electricity from the turbines are expected to meet the shore somewhere between Christchurch and Milford on Sea. An 18-mile underground cable line will then run to a site close to the existing substation at Mannington.

Two nearby sites either site of the B3072 between West Moors and Three Legged Cross are being considered. Eneco is proposing a six-hectare plot to house a 1.2-hectare substation building, which would be no more than 14 metres high.

A spokesman for Eneco said the underground cable line would be laid in a 20-metere wide trench. He said engineering experts were working on a route, which has yet to be confirmed, and an accompanying environmental impact assessment.

"The cables will be buried by opening a trench and laying them in ducts. This will cover an area up to 20 metres wide, which will be returned to its current state, allowing access and farming," he explained.

"In certain cases the cables may be drilled underground. Eneco will seek to minimise any impacts that work on the cable route may have to local residents."

The exact cable route is likely to be revealed this autumn. It would then be several years before works commence.

"As we are in very early stages of development, Eneco is unable to commit to any timescales but, if planning permission is consented for Navitus Bay, work on the cable route is likely to coincide with when construction begins in 2016," the spokesman added.

West Moors parish councillor John Bartley said: "There are concerns about the amount of land the cables would cut through and the traffic movements with the associated works."

Parish clerk Judi Weedon added: "The feeling so far is that we are being kept as well informed as is possible.

"We don't know exactly where the underground cables will go but we hope the impact will be minimal."

To find out more about the proposal, visit www.navitusbay

Consultation dates

Eneco is about to begin a series of public consultation events to update people on offshore elements of the wind park. Exhibitions take place in RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole on Wednesday 22nd February from 2pm to 8pm; Christchurch Borough Council Chambers, Christchurch on Thursday 23rd February from 2pm to 8pm; West Moors Memorial Hall, West Moors on Tuesday 28th February from 2pm to 8pm.

Mathew Manning



  • Profile image for Nails & Lashes By Annie

    I have completed a mass of research into wind farms - on shore, off shore and their lifetime costs. I am still working with a very small group of investigative reporters to ascertain the real facts no matter how hard.

    I have commented and questioned the facts via the Navitas site without return. Their people wish to remain anon.

    I have brought the facts to life rather than the emotions to make everyone aware that these windfarms cannot ever offer a return on investment with the Government being forced to offer a 200% subsidy just to get them built. This is not a green issue, the alternatives are greener and less costly.

    The" farm" design has not yet been developed and the visual sizes have therefore not been planned so how can we object? (Do not beleive the pictures on their website - these are at the very lowest end of the spectrum and they admit it)

    With a maximum real time operational efficiency (when the correct wind is available) of somewhere around 30% or even less, and with no means of storing unwanted/unused power - therefore reducing the efficiency further, how can we ever say that these will provide the power we need when WE NEED IT.

    The costs of build and maintenance are way beyond any GREEN savings possible so the friends of the earth should not feel they have to support such a wasteful campaign ot get these built.

    The government has effectively taken the decision -to build or not to build away from us altogethe,r so please do not feel that you can do anything about this.

    Listen to our Prime Minister and you will understand he is totally commited to the offshore build programme whether you like it or not.

    Coal is a real alternative and will still meet green commitments but this programme is already being stopped early becaiuse of EU rule imposed on GB

    We have a real threat of" lights out" and yet we now hear that Sellafield is DANGEROUS - what timing - believe or not at your peril .

    New Nuclear power stations are an essential and SAFE part of the UK build programme for the future.

    Contact your MP and ask him to represent your views in parliament.

    If you chose the wind farm route - please do not complain when you are paying more for your electricity as you are paying over 50% for the build out of your electricity bill. I trust that you will not mind if I ask for my 50% to be passed on to you as you have the right to make your choice for WIND but not mine when it comes to paying the bills.

    By Nails & Lashes By Annie at 17:55 on 08/11/12

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    Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government by googling "petition 22958" and following the link.

    Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to the Editors of your local newspapers.

    By norfolkboy14 at 13:48 on 27/01/12

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