Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12 - (Page 24)
Substation construction at
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
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
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
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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
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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12