Work starts on masts in Kielder

A meteorological mast
A meteorological mast

Work has started to install four meteorological (met) masts in the Comb and Redesdale area of Kielder Forest, after planning permission for the masts was approved by Northumberland County Council in December 2013.

The purpose of the masts is to assess, in conjunction with other environmental and technical surveys, whether the site is suitable to host a wind farm development. The devices will measure wind speed, direction and turbulence and will be in place for approximately three years. It is anticipated that work to install the masts will be complete by mid-June.

Nicola Bell, Renewables Developer at RWE Innogy UK, said: “The installation of the met masts is an important step in the development of our proposed wind farm, known as Redesdale.

“The masts will provide us with valuable wind data, which together with our environmental and technical studies, will help determine the site’s suitability for a wind farm. Should the results of our studies continue to be positive, the data will also help inform the design of the proposed scheme.

“Our plans are still at an early stage and we would not anticipate submitting a planning application for a wind farm in the area until 2017. Before we prepare any planning application we will carry out a full public consultation to enable the local community to participate in the development of the project and give their views.”

For more information about the proposed Redesdale Wind Farm, call the freephone number 0800 294 3702 or visit the Redesdale web pages