Project Updates

Project Updates

To keep you informed of key project activities, Bord na Móna has launched a text messaging service for the construction phase of the project.  If you wish to participate in this service for the Derrinlough Wind Farm project, please click here 

In February 2020, Bord na Móna submitted planning for the proposed Derrinlough Wind Farm to An Bord Pleanála, and consent (subject to conditions) was granted in late 2021.

Since that time, the project team has been carrying out several activities to progress the project to the next stages and intends to commence pre-construction works on site in June. These works will include:

  1. Establishment and maintenance of the site compound
  2. Construction of new access tracks, substation hardstand and compound
  3. Construction of bell mouths at entrances, passing bay and amenity carpark

In addition to this, the procurement process for the three main wind farm contracts: Turbine Supply, Civil Balance of Plant (CBoP) and Electrical Balance of Plant (EBoP), are continuing to advance through the procurement process.

It is anticipated that the CBoP and EBoP contracts will be awarded in the coming months. It is estimated that the construction phase will take approximately 24 to 30 months from starting onsite to the full commissioning of the wind farm.

On 20th February 2020, Bord na Móna Powergen Ltd submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) for the proposed Derrinlough Wind Farm.

Detailed copies of the planning application, the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement may be viewed at the following locations during public opening hours for a period of 7 weeks commencing on February 27th, 2020:

  • Banagher Library, Harbour Street, Banagher, Co. Offaly R42 XY40
  • Ferbane Library, Gallen, Ferbane, Co. Offaly R42 WF59

The application will also be available for inspection at the following locations for a period of 7 weeks commencing on February 27th, 2020:

  • Offices of Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Rd, Kilcruttin, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 F893
  • Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough St, Rotunda, Dublin 1

To coincide with the submission of the planning application a dedicated planning website has been launched. The application may be viewed and downloaded from that website at the following link:

Bord na Móna have published the revised layout for the proposed Derrinlough Wind Farm.  The revised proposal, for which the company intend to seek planning permission in early 2020, includes the following:

  • A layout of 21 turbines compared to the previous design of 28 turbines. The turbines will have an overall tip height of up to 185 metres. Within this size envelope, various configurations of hub height, rotor diameter, and tip height may be used. Should the project be consented, the exact make and model of the turbine will be dictated by a competitive tender process, but it will not exceed a maximum tip height of 185 metres.
  • Approximately 28 km of internal road network. It is intended that approximately 18 km of this road network will be open for public use when the Wind Farm becomes operational.
  • An additional 10 km of local amenity links will also be provided. This will include three access points from the adjacent road network, connectivity to Lough Boora Discovery Park and potential future connectivity to the proposed Whigsborough Amenity Walk.


Public Events

There are currently no upcoming public events.

Bord na Móna would like to thank everyone who attended the Public Consultations held in April and November 2018.  Public Consultation sessions were held in Cloghan, Rath and Banagher.