Turlough Hill refurbishments nearing completion

COUNTY WICKLOW, Ireland 1/12/12 (PennWell) -- Refurbishment of the 292-MW Turlough Hill pumped-storage plant is nearly complete, sources are reporting.

Voith Hydro Kraftwertkstechnik GmbH of Germany was selected in May 2009 to provide full overhauls of the facility’s No. 1 and No. 3 units. The company also supplied replacement governors for the plant, at Glendalough in County Wicklow, in 2007.

"Turlough Hill has been in operation for 40 years and this is the first major upgrade," said lower house member Andrew Doyle. "It will secure the continuation of this operation for the next 40 years."

The plant, owned by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), was commissioned in 1974 after crews spent six years excavating the holding reservoir at the top of the hill.

"The site is a fascinating feat of engineering in a beautiful setting," Doyle said. "It is remarkable that its operation is as relevant today as it was in 1968."

Voith previously refurbished a generator at Turlough Hill in 2007.

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