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Ireland: Yet Another Ambitious Wind Farm in the Irish Sea Bites the Dust

The Independent — August 10, 2014

A wind farm due to be built in the Irish Sea to supply power to 1.7m homes has been scrapped.

The Rhiannon wind farm, 19km north-east of Wales, had been promoted as a huge investment that would have given a massive boost to the economies of both Ireland and the UK. Now, like so many other wind farms planned in the Irish Sea over the years, it has been quietly shelved.

Celtic Array, a partnership of Centrica and Danish firm Dong Energy, said the Irish Sea was “economically unviable” because the sea bed is too deep.

Up to 440 turbines would have produced power for 1.7m homes.

“Ground conditions are such that it’s not viable for us,” said a spokesman.

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