Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11 - (Page 8)

WHEN COMPLETED, THE MOUNT LUCAS WINDENERGY PROJECT IN EAST OFFALY WILL BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST WIND FARMS IN IRELAND AND BRITAIN. IN TIME, 28 WIND TURBINES WILL PROVIDE ECO-FRIENDLY ELECTRICITY FOR 45,000 IRISH HOUSEHOLDS MIDLAND I n December, Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte TD turned the sod on Bord na Móna’s wind-energy project in Mount Lucas. It marked the investment of €115 million by the company in a project that has the potential to be Ireland’s biggest investment in wind farms. Based on 1,100 hectares on the Tullamore to Edenderry road in Co. Offaly, the wind farm is located on a bogland area that ceased production almost 12 years ago. With a planned 28 wind turbines, the wind farm will have the capacity to generate 80MW of electricity for the Irish national grid. “The turbines have a 3MW rating and will be supplied by our contractor, Siemens,” said Brendan Connolly, project manager for Mount 8 | Source Spring 2013 Lucas and Bruckana wind farms. Bord na Móna’s experience with wind farms goes back 20 years when it opened the 7MW wind farm at Bellacorrick in Co. Mayo. Today, PowerGen has a target of developing 1,000MW of wind energy on cutaway bogs by 2020. Some preliminary work was carried out on the site in 2012 and, over the course of the planning process, a constructive relationship was developed with Offaly County Council. Accommodation works that were carried out on access routes to the site will be of benefit to the local community, namely the upgrading of roads, including the Main Street in Daingean, all of which was financed and project managed by Bord na Móna. POWER Work is underway on building the foundations for the turbines and on building a 110KV sub-station on site that will be looped into the new 110KV transmission line being developed independently by Eirgrid. Running along the site’s southern boundary, Mount Lucas will tap into it and the handover to Eirgrid, scheduled for May, will be a key milestone. Turbine delivery will commence at the end of 2013 and it is expected that the wind farm will be fully operational in May 2014. Overall, the size of Mount Lucas heralds the capacity of Bord na Móna to build such a large-scale project in the Midlands, which is a useful barometer for other projects to export electricity to the UK.

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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11
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Midland Power
Clean Energy Future
The Need for Change
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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11