Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12 - (Page 24)

PROJECT UPDATE Substation construction at Mount Lucas. RISE OF THE TURBINES BORD NA MÓNA'S €115M WIND PROJECT AT MOUNT LUCAS IS SET FOR COMPLETION IN MID-2014. THE NEXT STAGE WILL NOW SEE THE PUTTING UP OF THE 3MW TURBINES S ignificant advances have been made on the Mount Lucas wind farm project, with the project on target to begin generating electricity in the first quarter of 2014. The civil works contractor capitalised on the good summer to complete the construction of the turbine foundations and crane hard stands by the middle of October. The site civil works are due to be completed in December. The electrical works are also well advanced, with the new substation and grid connection construction completed. These works are being commissioned by EirGrid, and energisation of the new substation is scheduled for December. The electrical contractor is installing the internal grid network for the site, which will be installed from the substation to the foundation of each turbine. This will be completed in January. Focus is now switching to preparations for the delivery and installation of the turbines. A programme of minor road re-alignment works between Dublin Port and the site was completed in September, and a trial run was successfully completed in October. First deliveries to the site are scheduled to commence in mid-December, with installation works commencing in January. If installation works advance on schedule, the first turbines will start exporting from the site in late February. Full takeover of the wind farm, after completion of commissioning and testing, is scheduled for June, subject to the installation works progressing without significant weather delays. CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON GATEWAY TO LOUGH BOORA M arked progress has been made on the Gateway to Lough Boora project to date. Planning consent was granted by Offaly County Council in May and this was followed by significant work by Bord na Móna's Engineering and Procurement teams during the summer. Alan Kenna, Billy Hoey, and Ronan Tormey worked on the design details, as well as the Bill of Quantities. Meanwhile, Sean Craven in Procurement co-ordinated the procurement process to select a main contractor for the project. Brian Conneely and Company Ltd was selected as the main contractor and it started work on the site in early November. Construction is scheduled to take six months, so it is anticipated that the new Gateway to Lough Boora will be in place for next season. Another important development during the summer was an extension to the trails network 24 | Source Winter 2013 A peaceful scene at Lough Boora Parklands. northwards towards the Grand Canal. This work was carried out with the support of the Offaly Local Development Company and West Offaly Enterprise Group. Tom Egan in Bord na Móna's Engineering department managed this project. In addition, an episode of the popular RTÉ Tracks and Trails programme was filmed at Lough Boora during the summer. It is expected that this will be aired on RTÉ next spring.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12

Bord Na MóNa - Source Issue 12
Brown Gold
A Bright Future Beckons
Clean Energy Hub
A Good Year
Game On!
Sales Force
Project Update
Heritage Corner

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12