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EDF takes step closer to wind farm construction

Planning permission has been attained by EFD Energy to insert underground cables to carry electricity from Teesside Offshore Wind Farm to the local electricity grid, it has been reported.

The green light was given to the energy giant which is hoping to start building the 30 turbine wind farm in 2009, the Gazette Live says.

Hugh Yendole, EDF's head of offshore development, told the newspaper: "This is another important milestone for the project and essentially means that all the major physical elements of the project, both on and offshore have the necessary consents to proceed."

EDF hopes to have completed the building work by 2011 when it will start producing up to 90 Megawatts of electricity.

It plans to build a substation for the electricity cables, which will be made up of several low-rise buildings, transformers and electrical switchgear.

The company said that getting planning permission "represents an integral part of the preparation for wind farm construction".

Today (November 17th), EDF announced sales had risen 8.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2008.

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