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Rigged Hill Repowering

Project Details

Location

Approximately 6.2 km south-east of Limavady in Co. Derry / Londonderry.

Project History

We have operated Rigged Hill Windfarm for over 20 years, with the site’s 10 turbines generating up to 5 megawatts of renewable power.  The site, in its current form, has consent to operate in perpetuity.

Whilst the turbines currently perform well, newer more modern technology is available which is more reliable and capable of producing more energy.  We are looking to repower the windfarm, resulting in the reuse of the site with fewer, larger, more efficient, modern turbines of greater capacity. In doing so, the benefits are maximised without the need to develop a new greenfield site.  

No. Turbines

There is likely to be up to 8 turbines.  We are also investigating an opportunity to co-locate energy storage as part of this proposal.

Potential Capacity

Depending on the size and number of turbines, the generating capacity of the repowered Rigged Hill Windfarm will be in the region of 21 – 28.8 MW

Current Stage

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is underway which is a formal part of the windfarm planning process. It involves undertaking environmental surveys of the proposed site to:

  • Quantify and evaluate any potential significant environmental effects the wind windfarm may have whether positive or adverse.
  • Identify appropriate measures to eliminate, avoid, reduce or mitigate any potentially significant adverse effects

We are currently undertaking initial consultation with stakeholders at the Scoping stage of the EIA to identify key issues for us to consider when designing the windfarm.

Community Consultation

We will be holding the first of our Public Information Days (PIDs) at the following locations:

  • Thursday 24th August – Garvagh Community Building, 2pm – 8pm.
  • Friday 25th August – Roe Valley Arts Centre, 10am – 4pm.
A second round of PIDs are planned prior to submitting the planning application (Q1 2018) and once the design is finalised.

Benefits

As the UK’s leading onshore wind developer, owner and operator, SPR is keen to integrate themselves into the communities in which we operate our windfarms.

SPR has a long-standing foundation in Northern Ireland, and currently operate five onshore windfarms in Northern Ireland, with key interests in Belfast Harbour and with Harland and Wolff.

The development of our West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm  (operational since 2014) enabled the construction of the £50 million facility at Belfast Harbour which began in early 2012, creating the first purpose built offshore wind installation and pre-assembly harbour in the UK and Ireland, supporting up to 300 jobs in the process.

SPR is also progressing East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm towards construction.  Lamprell, in partnership with Harland and Wolff, have been awarded a significant foundation fabrication contract. The value of this contract is circa £30 million with an average labour force of 200 people across the duration of the project with a peak of around 350 jobs.

Our community benefit funds support a wide range of worthwhile local initiatives, and SPR remains committed to working closely with the communities in which we operate, including continuing to maximise opportunities for local businesses.

 

We are proud to have voluntarily contributed to local communities to date in Northern Ireland, which include donations made to and managed by, the Fermanagh Trust, and funding for local primary schools. These funds have been used to support a wide range of projects in local communities in Northern Ireland.

We are keen to discuss a community benefit package, tailored to meet the needs of the surrounding community, and which has the capability to support the areas long term development ambitions.

 

Contact

The Project Team can be contacted directly by email

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