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Cutts to the quick


James Jack's letter (NCE last week) about the proposed lignite-fuelled power station near Ballymoney (about 30km from the Giants Causeway) has prompted me to look through the files.

He may like to know, if he does not already, that safe clean renewable energy is available on his doorstep at The Cutts on the River Bann. There is more farther up the Bann and on the River Mourne in County Tyrone.

Before Northern Ireland is covered with wind turbines, its hydroelectric resources should be reconsidered. There is the River Bann at Kilrea (proposed capacity 15 MW annual energy 51 GWh), the River Bann at The Cutts (proposed capacity 2.4 MW annual energy 9.6G GWh), and the River Bann at Mulvin (proposed capacity 18 MW annual energy 50G GWh).

And then there is always the Strangford Narrows Barrage with 300 MW! If he needs further information, I would refer him to the presidential address to the Belfast Association of Engineers in August 1956.

EM Wilson (F), 12 Headlands Rd, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AN

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