Monday, 10th December saw work start on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Ireland in 2012/2013. Bord na Móna’s Mountlucas wind-energy project in East Offaly is an initial phase of the development of the Bord na Móna Clean Energy Hub.
When complete, it will be one of the biggest windfarms in Ireland and Britain, and will see the construction of 28 wind turbines which will provide eco-friendly electricity for 45,000 Irish households.
Construction of the 80 megawatt Mountlucas project will generate over 150 jobs, and a further 12 long-term jobs will be sustained when it becomes operational in 2014.
This key green energy project underpins Bord na Móna’s diversification strategy as well as contributing to meeting Ireland’s 2020 renewable targets.
The Mountlucas project also sees the first order in Ireland for the latest Siemens Direct Drive Turbine Technology, which is one of the most efficient technologies available in the market. Siemens is one of the world’s largest suppliers of eco-friendly technologies internationally, and they look forward to working with Bord na Móna on this historic project.