The number of turbines planned for RWE Innogy’s Atlantic Array wind farm has been reduced significantly. Previously, the Round 3 project was based around a design boasting up to 417 turbines. A revised plan foresees 188-278 turbines.
RWE Innogy decided to scale back the number of turbines it will propose for Atlantic Array following public consultation late last year and further environmental and technical surveys undertaken this year.
It is not yet clear the extent to which the cut in turbine numbers will affect the wind farm’s electricity generating capacity. Originally, Atlantic Array’s capacity was pegged at 1500MW. RWE Innogy suggests that if 278 3.6MW turbines are installed, the project will have a capacity of 1000MW. However, if 5MW turbines are chosen instead, capacity will rise to 1390MW.
A draft environmental statement will be available for public consultation this summer – from early July through the end of August – with a final consent application scheduled for submission in December.