Project: Three wind turbines (6.9MW total)
Location: Whitebridge Road, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Turbine: 2.3MW Enercon E70
Dimensions: 64m hub height, 35.5m blade length, 99.5m overall height
Status: Approved January 2012
Resources: Non Technical Summary
The site is located in the townland of Crockbaravally, approximately eight kilometres north of Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Located within upland hills, the site area consists of a mixture of open moorland and coniferous forest.
The proposed development consists of three wind turbines, substation, temporary site compound, site access tracks, site entrance works at Whitebridge Road 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 a detailed independent survey into the flora and fauna around the development site. Breeding bird, non-breeding and vantage point surveys were undertaken from early 2008 through to early 2009. Full noise studies, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology, peat and archaeological assessments were also carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application submitted to Belfast Planning Service Special Studies Division.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 6,600 tonnes of CO2 per annum through displacing fossil fuel fired generation. Over the 25 year life of the wind farm it will displace, at current comparisons, approximately 165,000 tonnes of CO2. Based on British Wind Energy Association figures for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,700 kWh, the wind cluster will provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 3,300 homes per year.
An estimated £1,500,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment.
Three land owners are involved in this development, each of whom 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.
Submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters Special Studies Division in December 2008. 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
(028) 9041 6700
(Strictly by appointment only)
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council
(028) 8772 0368
(Viewing by appointment only)
Omagh District Council
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited.