Slieve Kirk Wind Park Open

Dec 05, 2013

Slieve Kirk Wind Park was opened on 20th November by Martin McGuinness MLA, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister. The 73MW site which has been developed by SSE Renewables at a capital cost of £125million, is the North’s largest wind park.

Slieve Kirk Wind Park has been brought about through the development of the original Slieve Kirk Wind Farm and the expansion of Glenconway Wind Farm. The park is expected to generate in the region of 200GWh of electricity each year.

The project involved significant reinvestment in the community with SSE using many local suppliers. It is estimated that total local community and supply chain investment will be in the region of £55million. Byrne Looby Partner’s Belfast group were one of the local companies involved in the development, working as designers on Glenconway Phase 1 and 2.

Glenconway Phase 2 was constructed on a deep peat site, the project team worked to ensure the environmental impact of the work was absolutely minimal. Complex construction was required in the peat to facilitate existing harvesting agreements, including constructing access routes in 5m deep peat cuttings. Byrne Looby’s project director, Danny Glynn, commented “close collaboration by the project team facilitated smooth execution of this project on what was a complex and sensitive site”.

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