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Convoy deliveries of wind turbine components get underway for Lenalea

25 May 2023

Lenalea Wind Farm, in central Donegal, is welcoming the first deliveries of wind turbine components this week.

The first delivery to the 7-turbine project – an SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland co-development – located approximately 10km southwest of Letterkenny, took place in the early hours of Tuesday May 23 to ensure minimum disturbance to local residents. The deliveries will continue over the next 7 weeks, with the turbine blades requiring a specialist team to transport these large components.

The turbine delivery route was agreed in advance with Donegal County Council and An Garda Síochána. The components will arrive in Killybegs Port then bypass Donegal Town and move through Ballybofey before making their way to the Lenalea site.

Today, the turbine contractor’s team at the Lenalea site took delivery of the first wind turbine nacelle – the cover which houses all of the generating components in a wind turbine, including the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly. The V117-4.3 MW turbine components are manufactured by the international wind turbine supplier Vestas and were shipped to the Port of Killybegs from various factories in Europe. The components are scheduled to be installed at Lenalea between early June and the end of August 2023.

"We are very pleased with the way the initial component deliveries have progressed, and soon we will be delivering further items including the wind turbine blades.

This will require a specialist team to transport these impressive pieces of kit as well as an escort from the Garda."

Elizabeth Anne Read Associate Project Manager, Vestas

"This is a significant milestone for the project, and now means that we’re one step closer to delivering green electricity for the community in Donegal. Our Lenalea wind farm project is also contributing to SSE Renewables’ own ambitious Net Zero Acceleration Plan which sees us spending around €8m a day on critical low-carbon infrastructure needed for the global transition to net zero emissions. As a responsible developer and operator, we are looking forward to working closely with the neighbouring community in Lenalea."

Patrick Greene Project Manager for Lenalea Wind Farm

Emmet Mc Laughlin, Project Manager  at FuturEnergy Ireland said:- “It’s fantastic to see the turbine components begin to arrive on site and bring Lenalea Wind Farm another big step closer to operation. This is a pivotal moment in the construction phase, which has boosted the local economy and employment.

This is the time for community members to come forward and express an interest in being part of the Community Benefit Fund committee, which will provide approximately €150,000 a year for local initiatives, projects, clubs and amenities. If you would like to be involved in deciding where the fund is spent, please contact [email protected]