Variety of reasons for Ballybunion power outages including a crow and bad weather

Power outages in Ballybunion over the past year have been caused for a variety of reasons including a crow and bad weather.

Development works at the ESB’s Ballybunion station, costing over €2 million, were finished at the end of 2017.

In a letter to Listowel Municipal District councillors, ESB Networks Area Manager Ger Deenihan detailed major outages over the past year, the reason for them, and the time power was out.

He said the ESB’s Ballybunion station underwent major upgrade works between 2016 and 2017 costing €2 million.

He noted the station in Ballybunion and its hinterland are exposed to severe weather conditions because of their location, namely strong winds, sea salt, and lightning.

On the 23rd of April last year, a 37-minute power outage occurred because a crow flew into station equipment, causing severe damage.

On the 15th of July, a two-hour loss of power was thought to have been caused by silage cutting.

On the 11th and 13th of November, power was gone in Ballybunion for over an hour each time because lightening damaged the transformer in the station.

On the 7th of January this year, electricity was gone for almost two-and-a-half hours after a cable fire in the area.

Mr Deenihan added that he hoped this explained some of the difficulties ESB Networks experiences on a daily basis across the country.