Largest equipment ever to be moved on Galway roads

Some of the largest equipment ever to be moved on Galway roads will travel from Galway Port to Tynagh Power Station during March and April.  Gas Turbines, Generators and Transformers from worldwide suppliers will be shipped into Galway Port for final delivery to Tynagh Power Station. 

The arrival of the equipment will enable the Tynagh Energy Power Plant to enter another phase of construction, thus keeping the project on target to deliver Galway’s first power station in early 2006.

The €300 million power plant will be a modern state-of-the art facility using the latest in advanced engineering technology. The power plant will use natural gas.  For the first time, Galway City and region will have a reliable and efficient source of power.

The moves will take place at night to minimise disruption to residents and other road users. There are 12 anticipated abnormal load movements in total over the next 12 weeks.  An experienced team of engineers and operators from Abnormal Load Engineering Limited *will manage the transportation moves.

Interesting facts:

  • The heaviest/largest item [Frame 9FA Gas Turbine] is 284 tonnes, 10.866m long, 4.95m high and 4.97m wide.
  • The Gas Turbine will be carried on a self propelled modular trailer that is approximately 18.28m long, 5.33m wide and 1.49m high (height adjustable)
  • The combined trailer and load weight is approximately 400.55 tonnes.
  • Self propelled modular trailers are self powered (no tractor unit required), travel at 1-6 mph and are totally manoeuvrable through 360 degrees giving maximum flexibility through the city centre section of the route

Temporary road restrictions, while the equipment passes through, will be in operation.   The proposed route is:

Part I

  • Bothar Na Long
  • Queens Street
  • Forthill Road
  • Merchants Road
  • Victoria Place
  • Eyre Square
  • Forster Street
  • College Road
  • Dublin Road [R338]
  • Bothar Na dTreabh [N6 North]
Part II

  • Airport Road [R339]
  • N18
  • N6 East through Craughwell & Loughrea
  • Portumna Road [N65]
  • Tynagh Road [LP4310]

Due to the sheer size of the transport configurations cars along the route may need to be moved to allow the safe passage of the abnormal loads.  Residents/owners will be responsible for movement of cars.  ALE is working in close co-operation with the Gardai in this respect.  They will notify abnormal load movements on local radio bulletins and liaise with AA Roadwatch to ensure that residents and road users are fully informed. 

All the abnormal load movements have been approved by Galway City Council, Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority.  All efforts are being made to minimise disruption to local residents and motorists.  ALE apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Residents can contact local Gardai or Muireann Harrington / David Linnane at Murray Consultants for updates and with any queries at 01 498 0300 or   


ENDS 23rd February 2005

For further information:

Murray Consultants: 01 4980300

Muireann Harrington / David Linnane                                 


Andrew Young: +44 1889 272 537

* Abnormal Load Engineering Limited is a specialist heavy lift transportation and lifting company based in the UK.  They have transported and lifted over 200 heavy lifts for power station projects worldwide.   Web: