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Welsh wind farm gets government approval

The plan for a wind farm with 32 turbines in the Clocaenog Forest, on the border of Conwy and Denbighshire, has been given the go-ahead by Energy Minister Ed Davey.

The proposal for the wind power facility caused some controversy, as a campaign group raised issues about it potentially detracting from the natural beauty of the area.

However a report by the Planning Inspectorate determined that the visual impact would be limited to an area of 5 km around the site, which was ruled to be not significant to warrant rejecting the plans.

The initial proposals were put forward five years ago, and construction work is now scheduled to start in 2016. There are oil providers in the UK that can supply lubricants able to cope with varying temperatures and weather conditions, such as Mobil SHC Gear 220, to ensure that the turbines run effectively.

The company developing the facility, RWE Innogy UK, has stated that the completed wind farm could potentially generate sufficient power for as many as 40,800 homes within the area, although a local MP has voiced concerns over the electrical connections.

Chris Ruane, the MP for Vale of Clwyd, has petitioned Parliament for guarantees that the electrical cables used to connect the wind power facility with the National Grid, will be buried beneath the soil – to ensure the visual appeal of the forest is not undermined.

However, RWE Innogy UK is working closely with ecologists and ornithologists to formulate a plan for managing and restoring the natural woodland and habitat.

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