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Giant windfarm plan not hit by parent company's problems; DEVIL'S BRIDGE: 'The project is not in jeopardy'.

A PLAN to build the biggest windfarm on mainland Britain in Wales is to go ahead despite financial problems besetting the US multinational giant, Enron.

The plan to build a 39-turbine windfarm at Cefn Croes, near Devil's Bridge, in Ceredigion, has been backed by Enron Wind Overseas development, a division of the beleaguered Enron Corporation.

However yesterday Flintshire-based Renewable Development Company, which is behind the proposed scheme, said the problems besetting Enron had not jeopardised the windfarm plan.

"Enron's financial problems will have no adverse impact whatsoever on the development of Cefn Croes, " said RDC director Geraint Jewson.

"We are all aware of the problems that Enron have had over the past few weeks, but Enron Wind Overseas Development is a viable entity, which is continuing to trade and the project is not in jeopardy."

The 58.5megawatt Cefn Croes project would, if it gets the go-ahead, be able to provide 1pc of all Welsh electricity needs and would be the largest windfarm in the UK.

Ceredigion County Council has already given it the go-ahead and it is now awaiting determination by the Department of Trade and Industry in London. A decision is expected early in the New Year.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 4, 2001
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