Wind farm engineers on awards shortlist


Ireland’s Professional Body for Engineers and Engineering, have shortlisted the mostly Irish engineering team of the 138 megawatt Mainstream Renewable Power wind farm on the outskirts of Jeffery’s Bay, for its Engineering Project of the Year Awards 2014.

Consisting out of 60 2.3 megawatt turbines spanning over 3 700 hectares, construction first started in December 2012 with all turbines being erected by February 2013. The wind farm officially went into operation on May 15th this year and is claimed to provide renewable electricity to 100 000 homes, with a total of 460 000 megawatt hours (MWh) being provided to the national grid on a yearly basis.

Other projects earmarked included, the 4.9 km Corrib Gas Tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay in Ireland, stage three of the Bergen Light Rail tram project in Norway, the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin, Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plan also in Dublin, and the structural improvement of factory buildings in Bangladesh.

The awards are expected to take place at The Four Seasons Hotel in the capital on November 7th.


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