Brockaghboy 110kV Renewables Connection Project

Subsequent to planning approval being granted for Brockaghboy wind farm, south west of Garvagh, the wind farm developer applied to SONI for a Transmission Connection to the grid, in accordance with its obligations under statute and licence.

The construction of c.18.8km of 110kV overhead electricity transmission line to the approved Rasharkin Main Substation was identified by SONI as the most effective and efficient method to connect the approved wind farm to the electricity transmission network and this required the submission of a major planning application.

ISSUES ENCOUNTERED

• Event organisation

• Media management

• Objections from residents

OUR INVOLVEMENT

Gravis managed an extensive statutory Pre-Application Community Consultation process which included the production of project materials, organisation and hosting of public events, political engagement and pro-active media relations. A comprehensive PACC report was drafted which was a thorough overview of all engagement undertaken and feedback received. We also advised on dealing with objections regarding the line route through a populated area with a solution found through direct engagement with MLAs and a site meeting with a group of residents. The planning application was ultimately approved by the Planning Committee of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Location: Brockaghboy Wind Farm Substation, Drumbane Road, Garvagh, Coleraine, BT51 5DR to NIE Networks Rasharkin Main Substation, Finvoy Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena, BT44 8SD

Services: Strategic Communications

Details

  • Location:Garvagh - Rasharkin
  • Client:SONI
  • Status:Approved
  • Type:Electricity Infrastructure
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Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland