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Moneypoint continues LocaL schooLs initiative
8 For the second year running,
Moneypoint is participating in the Schools
Business Partnership, a scheme that
aims to help pupils at targeted schools
gain a better understanding of a working
environment and how to prepare oneself
to gain employment.
MOnEypOinT’S invOlvEMEnT benefits students by providing them with access
to station staff and their work environment.
Moneypoint staff share their experience of
how they attained their qualifications and,
ultimately, their jobs. The programme’s
focus is about sharing real-life experience,
especially in the areas of interview prepa-
ration and interview skills.
The programme began in October
2012, with the station and the Kilrush
Community School agreeing mutually
suitable timetables. later that month, a
selection of fifth-year students were introduced to the programme by Station
Manager Brendan Kennedy, along with
program Coordinator Eileen Fitzgerald.
They outlined what the students were
expected to put into the programme and,
most importantly, what they could get
in late november, the students visited the station and members of staff from
across all disciplines made time available
to share their experiences with them. This
proved interesting for the students, but
even more so for the staff as it allowed
them express the pride they have in their
company. This first interaction fired up
the students to get working on their Cvs
and their interview preparation.
in January, six station staff visited the
community school to interview the students. prior to this, Brendan held a workshop on Cv preparation and interview
skills. The benefit of this workshop was
clearly evident in the mock interviews.
The final session was held in March
and the students took this opportunity to
express their gratitude to the station staff
Carrickatane - a further step towards ESB’s renewable target
A view of T2 at Carrickatane Wind Farm from the
nacelle of T4. The River Foyle and Donegal are visible
in the background.
CARRiCKATAnE WinD FARM is the
latest in the ESB Wind Farm portfolio to
complete commissioning and advance to
commercial operation. The wind farm located on the Tyrone Derry border, close to
ESB’s operational Curryfree Wind Farm,
consists of nine Siemens 2.3MW Wind Turbines and is connected to the niE Killymallaght 110kv substation. The total generation
capacity is 20.7MW, enough to power approximately 9,000 homes. The wind farm
was developed in-house by ESB Wind Development and construction commenced in
October 2010 using a multidisciplinary contract strategy approach.
Civil balance of plant services were provided by Adman Civil projects, who also acted
as principal contractor; the electrical balance
of plant services was by powerteam Electrical Services and the wind turbines were supplied by Siemens. Owners Engineer and civil
design services were provided by ESBi Wind
Central control of GWM’s wind portfolio
Energy Solutions who also acted as CDM coordinators. project accounting and financial
modelling were provided in-house. The wind
farm will be operated and maintained by
ESB Renewables O&M from takeover.
The works consisted of public road
upgrades, on-site acThe total
cess tracks, turbines,
foundations and unit
subs, on site substation,
cabling and ancillary
works. This involved
creating and maintain- approximately
ing a positive safety
this central control centre.
As part of the development of ESB’s
capability to manage a large portfolio of
wind farms across the UK and ireland,
Renewables O&M is putting in place a
single central second-tier SCADA system.
Before last Christmas, this project reached
a milestone with the installation of the
central SCADA servers in ESB Head Office. These will consolidate the data and
control capabilities for all sites into one single system that should be fully operational
before the end of this year. Thereafter,
new wind farms will be added to the central system as the ESB portfolio of wind
farms grows to meet our 2025 target of
1600MW of wind-power generation capacity.
Station Manager Brendan Kennedy and John Wall
at Kilrush Community School.
for facilitating the program. The students
also presented Brendan with a framed
memento to acknowledge the help given.
This program proved to be a rewarding
and worthwhile initiative and one the station plans continuing into the future.
culture, intensive project management and
stakeholder management to ensure successful
project delivery. The project Delivery Model,
facilitated by the project Management Office
The project was recognised with two
nominations at the Construction Excellence
Awards 2012 for Environment Sustainability and Health & Safety and, indeed, Adman
won the mid-year ESB Safety Merit Award.
The project was commissioned successfully and wind data collected indicates that
the wind farm enters commercial operation
with the prospect of high outputs throughout
its operational life. it is a significant boost to
renewable energy generation in northern
ireland and is a further step towards ESB’s
renewable energy targets.
■ An engineering pitch at
Erne Stations hosted a visit
by Sligo Grammar School
students during Engineers’
Week, the second year that
the location has hosted such
■ Letters from Japan
-the final postcard!
While working on a one-year
secondment to Osaka Gas
in Japan, Dara Connolly has
been contributing regularly
■ Engineers Week in ESB
ESB Head Office hosted a daylong event for Engineers Week
that saw 26 students from
Holy Faith Secondary School,
Clontarf, visit Head Office to
talk to our engineers about
their roles, experiences and
impressions of engineering as
a career opportunity.
■ ESB Future Trading
The Finance team’s objectives
are to assist in the integration
of the Finance functions
Wind farMs at heart of
James Toohy in the control room.
THE WinD COnTROl Centre has
been fitted with a video wall in its control room, following the relocation of the
centre from Stephen Court to Fitzwilliam
Street late last year.
ESB currently has 15 wind farms in full
commercial operation and providing up
to 333MW of power. A further two wind
farms (55MW) will be added to the portfolio this Spring with the commissioning
of Betws in Wales and Carrickatane in
This wind-farm portfolio consists of
236 wind turbines ranging in sizes from
500kW to 3MW.
Each wind farm can be monitored using 17 different supervisory control and
data acquisition (SCADA) systems from
Pictured (l-r): ESB Wind Farms Stakeholder Liaison
Officer Kieran Tubridy, , Holy Family School PE Teacher
Eamonn Donnelly, Gaeltech Project Coordinator
Thomas Farrell, and Holy Family School Principal
Catherine Farrell, with students who participated in
horse riding lessons that were funded by Mountain
Lodge Wind Farm Community Fund.
TWO nEW community initiatives were
launched in January 2013: the irish
Wind Energy Association’s (iWEA)
Best practice Community Benefit
and Engagement principles and the
northern ireland Renewable industry
Group’s (niRiG) Community Commitment protocol on Community Benefits.
These two documents call on wind
farm developers to put in place a community benefits package as part of the
construction of all new wind farms in
the Republic and northern ireland.
prior to this, in 2011, the ESB Board approved a Wind Farm Community Engagement policy that commits ESB to engage
meaningfully with the communities near
our wind farms. This engagement starts
at project concept phase and continues
right through construction and operation
and the policy allows for ESB to help these
communities to undertake projects that
would otherwise be very difficult or impossible to achieve.
last year, 2012, was a very successful year for community funding with the
launch of community funds for Curryfree
and Huntershill in northern ireland and
there were successful funding rounds for
existing community funds in Mountain
lodge County Cavan and in West Durham and Fullabrook in the UK The list of
applicants shows what a diverse range of
volunteer activity is taking place in the areas surrounding the wind farms. ESB is delighted to be able to contribute and 2013 is
expected to be even busier with new funds
launching in the UK and ireland.
We look forward to working with these
Kieran Tubridy visited the Little Green Hut Art Group,
purchased art supplies thanks to the West Durham
The West Durham Wind Farm Fund helped Cornsay
Colliery and Neighbourhood Residents build a
new communities and learning about the
vital work that they are doing to make
their areas a better place to live.
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