HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 c75W
Mr. William Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the costs of the transmission lines from a wind generation farm to the Northern Ireland grid are included in the capital costs; and who is responsible for(a) erecting the line and (b) maintaining it. [38618]

Mr. Ancram

The transmission line and connection facility cost of a renewable energy scheme is treated as a capital cost element and payment for it is made in full to Northern Ireland Electricity plc, before the project commences. NIE is responsible for erecting and maintaining transmission lines.

Mr. Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the cost of the wind farm being installed at the new Causeway hospital; what is(a) the height of the tower, (b) the highest point of the blades and (c) the size of the turbine; and what were the original dimensions proposed. [38620]

Mr. Moss

Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Health Estates under its chief executive, Mr. R.H. Browne. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from R. H. Browne to Mr. William Ross, dated 19 July 1996: I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the proposed Wind Turbine at Causeway Hospital. The estimated cost of the turbine, including installation and associated builder's work is £280,000. The dimensions of the proposed Wind Turbine based on an individual manufacturer's specification are as follows:

  • Height of Tower = 30.5m
  • Height of blades from ground at maximum position = 46.0m
  • Size of Turbine = 300KW rating
These dimensions have not changed since the original design. It is hoped that the above information fully explains the situation but should you require any further details I will be happy to provide them.