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Gaelectric start E70m Co Derry wind farm

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:52

Gaelectric start E70m Co Derry wind farm

Renewable energy group, Gaelectric, has started construction of its E70m, 42MW wind farm site at Dunbeg, Co. Derry.

The site is located near the A37 mid-way between Limavady and Coleraine.

Dunbeg will be one of the more significant wind farm developments on the island of Ireland and will generate sufficient renewable power to meet the electricity demand of 24,000 homes. The total investment at Dunbeg will amount to E70 million (Stg£58million).

The development will consist of 14 Enercon wind turbines with a maximum hub height of 80 metres and a maximum blade diameter of 90 metres.

Preliminary works commenced towards the end of 2013 and the wind farm is due to be fully operational by mid 2014.

Patrick McClughan, Gaelectric's Commercial Manager in Northern Ireland, said the Dunbeg wind farm development is the latest in a portfolio of renewable energy projects that Gaelectric is progressing in Northern Ireland.

"Gaelectric plans to invest E730 million, (£600 million) in Northern Ireland in renewable energy generation and energy storage over the next 3 years. During 2013 Gaelectric raised E194 million (£160 million) in funding across its portfolio and will continue to raise finance to support the roll out of its project development programme. The commencement of construction of our Dunbeg site marks yet another milestone for our business in Northern Ireland and further strengthens Gaelectric's platform in the energy market," he said.

"Dunbeg will not only provide a significant boost to Northern Ireland's renewable energy capacity, it will also generate jobs, support increased workforce skills and provide economic activity in the area."

Mr McClughan added that aelectric has completed an extensive consultation programme to update local communities on the Dunbeg project and a locally administered community fund in the region of E1.2million (£1million) will be established to support community projects in the area.

Gaelectric recently reaffirmed its commitment to Northern Ireland with the expansion of its Belfast Technical office. The company also officially opened its first operational wind farm in the Six counties in May 2013. The E24million (£20million) Carn Hill wind farm is located near Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

 

Source: KBC

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