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New landmark south of Lowestoft taking shape

PUBLISHED: 10:50 04 March 2011

An aerial view of the Kessingland wind turbine site with the A12 in the foreground.

An aerial view of the Kessingland wind turbine site with the A12 in the foreground.

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THE WIND OF CHANGE... It looks from above like an archaeological dig, or maybe work to create an undergound bunker.

But this is the site of what will become a new landmark to the south of Lowestoft.

The picture, taken this week by Journal reader Graham Wright, shows work progressing well on a controversial new wind turbine on land off the A12 at Kessingland.

Work is focused for now on building the concrete base in preparation for installation of the towering structure, which will stand 126 metres high – the same height as the Gulliver turbine at Ness Point.

The £4m project will see twin turbines being put up: this 
one near the A12 and the other 
on the Africa Alive! park site.

Martin Goymour, the park’s director, said: “We think that visitors, many of whom are from out of the county, will find them fascinating, especially the opportunity to get up close to a wind turbine. In addition, we hope that the planned new eco-energy display centre in the park will, when constructed, provide an exciting venue from which to learn about wind power and green energy in general.”

The turbines are being developed by Triodos Renewables with the support of project managers EcoGen.

It is hoped that the generators will begin providing energy to the national grid by the end of next month.

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