Rhyl Flats

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Rhyl Flats Wind Farm
Rhyl Flats wind farm.jpg
Viewed from the air, looking south
Rhyl Flats is located in Wales
Rhyl Flats
Location of Rhyl Flats Wind Farm
Country United Kingdom
Location Liverpool Bay, Wales
Coordinates 53°22′N 03°39′W / 53.367°N 3.650°W / 53.367; -3.650Coordinates: 53°22′N 03°39′W / 53.367°N 3.650°W / 53.367; -3.650
Status Operational
Commission date December 2009
Owner(s) RWE npower Renewables
Wind farm
Type Offshore
Distance from shore 8 km (5 mi)
Power generation
Units operational 25 x 3.6 MW
Make and model Siemens Wind Power
Nameplate capacity 90

Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a 25 turbine wind farm approximately 8 km north east of Llandudno in North Wales. It is Wales' second offshore wind farm and the third offshore wind farm to be built within Liverpool Bay. It has a maximum rated output of 90 MW.

Construction[edit]

The Rhyl Flats project was initially developed by Celtic Offshore Wind Limited (COWL) as part of the UK's Round 1 offshore wind farm programme.[1] COWL received consent for the project in 2002, and in December 2002 the project was purchased by Npower Renewables (formerly National Wind Power and now a subsidiary of German firm RWE), who were also developing the neighbouring North Hoyle and Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farms. Offshore construction work at Rhyl Flats began in July 2007 and the completed project was officially opened on 2 December 2009.[2]

North Hoyle was completed in 2003, just a few kilometers east of Rhyl Flats. The Round 1 projects were intended to act as testbeds; building the UK's understanding of offshore wind, whilst in total also providing well over 1000 MW of green generating capacity for the UK. All of the Round 1 offshore wind farms were limited to a maximum area of 10 km², and no more than 30 wind turbines.

Output[edit]

The first electricity was supplied by the site on 15 July 2009. The project consists of 25 Siemens Wind Power SWT-107-3.6 wind turbines, each rated at 3.6 MW capacity. This gives the project a maximum output of 90 MW; a third greater than the neighbouring North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm, but with 5 fewer wind turbines and spread over a smaller area. At the time of installation, Rhyl Flats is expected to generate enough electricity to power 60,000 homes on average.

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