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Powerteam connects 34MW Athea wind farm

Irish high voltage (HV) electrical design and build company Powerteam, a wholly owned subsidiary of ESB, said it is in the final stages of completing the £3.6m electrical substation construction and fit out for the Athea wind farm in County Limerick.

The wind farm, located to the north of Abbeyfeale, close to the village of Athea, will add a further 34MW of wind capacity to SSE’s portfolio said Powerteam, bringing its total operational wind farm capacity in Ireland to over 500MW.

Powerteam was responsible for the electrical design of the substation which will connect the 16 turbine wind farm to the electricity grid, procurement of equipment, civil engineering work, installation of electrical equipment, commissioning and testing of installed equipment and overall project management.

“Over the coming months we’ll be assembling the remaining turbines, and we aim to complete the handover of Athea to our SSE generation colleagues by December 2013,” said Seamus Lynch, SSE Renewables Project Manager for Athea Wind Farm.

“When completed, SSE’s Co. Limerick wind farms will have a combined generation capacity of 68MW, producing enough energy to power up to 35,0000 homes.”

Powerteam said it is currently working on a number of other wind farm projects in the UK and Ireland together with various large scale electrical infrastructure projects for customers such as Scottish Power, Northern Powergrid, Electricity North West and SSE.

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