• Category: Renewable
  • Energy type: Onshore wind
  • Project type: Project

Doraville Wind Farm Proposal 

As a company, SSE aims to decarbonise its power generation by 50% by 2020. In moving to low carbon generation, ongoing investment in renewable energy will play a crucial role. SSE is also committed to help meet the targets set by the Northern Ireland Executive to generate 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

SSE has plans for a £150million wind farm at Doraville, the largest single investment proposed by SSE in the NI economy. Situated 12km west of Draperstown and 20km north-west of Cookstown, the site is located within the townlands of Derrynoyd, Brackagh North, Tievnameenta and Cloghemy Glebe. The proposed wind farm has the potential to generate 118.8MW of green electricity and would be the largest wind farm in Northern Ireland with the potential to power 103,000 homes.

Once operational, Doraville Wind Farm will generate almost £30 million in rates payments for local services through its lifetime in addition to £15 million in community fund benefit.


SSE unveils revised Doraville Wind Farm design

SSE has announced that is to submit a new design layout for its proposed Doraville Wind Farm to Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure.

The new design, which includes a reduction in overall turbine numbers from 36 to 33, is being submitted in response to a request for Further Environmental Information (FEI) issued by the Department for Infrastructure following feedback from the statutory public consultation exercise undertaken last year. SSE proposes to submit the FEI to the Department in mid-April 2017.

The new layout for Doraville Wind Farm went on show to members of the public at an information event held on Thursday 23 March 2017 in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Members of the local community were invited to attend to learn details of the changes to the Environmental Statement (ES) layout as well as to meet members of the SSE project team who were on hand to answer any questions they may have.

SSE originally submitted its application for planning permission in June 2015. In December 2015, SSE submitted an Environmental Statement to Northern Ireland Planning Services, which assessed the impacts of the proposed wind farm design. Following an extensive statutory consultation exercise, during which statutory consultees, interested parties and the public were given an opportunity to comment on the proposed development, the design layout was revised. These revisions include:

  • the reduction in the total number of turbines from 36 to 33 to afford added protection to areas of active peat;
  • the repositioning of seven turbines and associated access tracks to address landscape and priority habitats; and
  • a change in turbine specification to 3.6MW units to accord with current available models and to optimise total energy generation to 118.8MW.

The change in turbine specification will result in 10 turbines with a maximum tip height of 136m and 23 turbines with a maximum tip height of 149m. While turbine heights have increased, the layout changes including the repositioning of seven turbines mean that the visual impact, particularly from sensitive areas such as the Glenelly Valley, remains minimal.

What happens next?

The submission of the revised Environmental Statement to the Department for Infrastructure will be advertised in local press and on SSE’s project website, notifying interested parties of the opportunity to make representations and comment on the application during a statutory consultation period. Following the conclusion of this process the Department will assess the application against planning and energy policy. All consultee representation will be considered, including comments from the local community.

Want to know more?

To read more about the revisions to the design layout click here, and to download a detailed PDF of project information click here.

† Projected generation and homes powered calculation (103,093 homes) based on typical annual consumption of 3,200kWh (Ofgem, May 2015) and 1 year average recorded capacity factor of SSE wind farms operating in Northern Ireland, April 2015-March 2016. Historic figures quoted are for guideline purposes only – actual future performance may vary.