40 Years at Turlough Hill
ESB celebrating 40 years at Turlough Hill
Pumped Storage power station in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains
Turlough Hill is Irelandís only pumped hydro-electric storage system. Set in the stunning Wicklow mountains this engineering marvel generates up to 292MW of electricity during peak demand periods by releasing water from its upper reservoir and allowing it to flow through its four turbines into a lower reservoir. During periods of lower demand the water is pumped back to the upper reservoir ready to be used again.
The construction of Turlough Hill over a six year period from 1968, was a hugely ambitious feat of engineering and reflects the innovative approach to delivering sustainable energy solutions that ESB retains to this day. The powerful pumped storage system at Turlough Hill means that extra electricity is available immediately unlike a conventional oil or gas generating station.
ESB is offering FREE guided tours of the Turlough Hill generating station which is located around 1.5km through a tunnel in the picturesque Wicklow mountains. The facility is situated on the Wicklow Gap close to the Monastic site at Glendalough and can be accessed by following the R756. The free guided tour will last approximately one hour and participants will cover almost 3km, round trip on foot.
The tour is suitable for childrenís buggies and is partially suitable for wheelchairs. However, due to Health & Safety around emergency procedures, it is not possible for wheelchair users to use the tunnel as they could not be evacuated safely in the event of an emergency. Visitors wearing pacemakers should be advised that a visit to the operational floor is not suitable for them
Guided tours take place every Tuesday to Friday at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm until Friday 26th September. Tours are fully booked however, it is advised to check the website for cancellations.
Booking is essential for weekday tours. Numbers are limited to 40 persons per tour. Terms & conditions apply
For booking queries please contact Carolyn Cousins at Aiken PR, Carolyn@aikenpr.com