Derrynaveigh Wind Farm
Project: Seven wind turbines (5.6MW total)
Location: Drumbulcan Road, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Turbine: Enercon E53 (800kW)
Dimensions: 73m hub height, 26.45m blade length, 99.45m overall height
NGR E223720, N360994 (lat 54. 49681375, long -7. 63470088)
Status: Refused planning permission 18th September 2015
Resources: Non Technical Summary
The proposed development site is approximately 1.9 kilometres north of Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. The site is located within the townlands of Keeran and Drumbulcan, in an area of mainly improved grassland pasture which is used primarily for the grazing of livestock.
The proposed development consists of seven wind turbines, one permanent metrological monitoring mast, associated transformers, substation, temporary site compound, site entrance and access tracks, communications tower and associated cabling. The development has a life expectancy of 25 years, generating electricity fed back into the national grid system and sold to a third party.
TCI Renewables commissioned various detailed independent technical studies and assessments to be carried out at the between 2012 and 2013 on a wide ranging number of environmental issues. Full ecology studies (including birds, bats, flora & fauna), sound impact assessments, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology, peat and archaeological assessments were carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application submitted to Planning NI Special Studies Division.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The proposed wind farm will have a capacity of approximately 5.6MW, this could potentially produce approximately 17.49 GWh/year of renewable electricity. Based on figures produced by RenewableUK and the Carbon Trust this is the equivalent to the potential combined electric demands of approximately 3,716 homes. This is an estimated potential saving of 7,509 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum or 187,737 tonnes over the 25 years.
An estimated £1,230,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. The landowners involved in this development will receive an annual income from the sale of electricity from the wind turbines for the lifetime of the project. A wind farm offers farmers an option for diversification for lands which are typically upland grazing, marginal in quality and offering relatively poor returns.
The application was submitted to Planning NI Special Studies Division in October 2013. The application was supported by a full Environmental Impact Assessment of the site and the development.
Copies of the planning application and the environmental documents may be inspected free of charge at the following places:
17-25 Great Victoria Street
+44 (0) 28 9041 6700
37 Main Street
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may also be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited.
Alternatively there is also the opportunity to keep updated with the application and view the complete Environmental Statement for free using the Public Access search facility available on the Northern Ireland Planning Service website