A 10-turbine wind farm located near Drumquin in Co. Tyrone is set to be fully operational by late summer as the construction phase comes to an end. Owned by sustainable infrastructure investors NTR, the £50 million project has been financed with support from First Trust Bank.
Known locally as the Castlecraig Wind Farm, the development – which is now going through a series of power and energising tests – will produce enough energy to meet the needs of over 18,500 homes annually. Working with a host of local suppliers, contractors and businesses, construction of Castlecraig has been managed by renewable energy company, RES who will continue to manage the project over the next 25 years.
Construction started in June 2017 with a number of local firms involved including Adman from Omagh which undertook the civil construction works, B.McCaffrey & Sons Ltd and Colton Quarries who provided stone, Tracey Concrete from Enniskillen, Lisburn based Mar-Train Heavy Haulage, along with local staff from Barton Industrial Services and Omexom from their Belfast offices.
Speaking about the project, NTR Program Manager Martin Sweeney said: “We are delighted to see construction successfully completed at Castlecraig Wind Farm thanks to the hard work of all our partners including RES and its suppliers. The expertise of the team coupled with the recent good weather, saw an average of two turbines erected each week, a fantastic feat, bringing the project ahead of schedule.
“NTR is selective about the markets, technology and contractors we work with, and we have been impressed by the performance and expertise demonstrated by all the businesses involved in this development. Fionnuala and the team at First Trust Bank have the market and regional knowledge we need in a financial partner. They know the local contractors and suppliers we are working with and this first-hand sectoral experience is always a benefit when it comes to a diverse development like this.”
The project is the latest in a series of renewable energy projects supported by First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland. It has funded over 150MW of renewable energy projects in recent years including large scale wind projects such as Castlecraig, as well as single turbine developments with Simple Power and anaerobic digestors.