Corus windfarm on Teesside

A proposed 45 Megawatt windfarm will see eighteen wind turbines situated on a former industrial site on the south bank of the river Tees in the North East of England.

The wind farm, to be built by Corus and AMEC Wind, will supply enough electricity to meet the needs of 72,000 people - over half the population of Redcar and Cleveland Borough.

Operating over its 25-year lifespan, the turbines will generate "clean" electricity by harvesting the energy from the wind. The 30 million project will reduce the need to generate electricity from fossil fuels and so contribute to the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that would normally be produced by power stations using fossil fuels.

 

Map showing location of the windfarm at the mouth of the Tees river

Emissions: comparing windpower with fossil fuels

The figures relate to a 45 Megawatt power station like the one proposed by Corus.

 

  Fossil fuel power station
(Tonnes per year)

Wind Power
(Tonnes per year)
Carbon dioxide 102,000 0
Sulphur dioxide 1,182 0
Nitrogen oxides 355 0

Figures are based on calculations from the British Wind Energy Association.