Bord na Móna started working in 2012 on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Ireland during the year. Bord na Móna’s Mount Lucas wind-energy project in East Offaly is the current phase of the development of the Bord na Móna wind energy programme. When complete, it will be one of the biggest wind farms in Ireland 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 Mount Lucas project will generate up to 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.
Work also began on the Bruckana wind farm project at the end of 2012. Bruckana, located on the borders of counties Kilkenny, Laois and Tipperary, is a sister project to Mount Lucas with the same contractors involved in both projects. Although Bruckana will have half of the number of turbines (14 as compared to 28 in Mount Lucas) together they will increase the capacity of the Bord na Móna generation fleet to 126 MW, when completed by mid 2014.
The Mount Lucas 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 turbines internationally and they look forward to working with Bord na Móna on this historic project.