Waste plant construction employment

The construction of the €33 million Letterkenny Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sludge Treatment Centre is employing between 45 and 85 people.

The construction of the €33 million Letterkenny Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sludge Treatment Centre is employing between 45 and 85 people.

Letterkenny Town Council heard this week that progress on the project is going well. The project will mean an end to untreated sewage being pumped into the River Swilly from Letterkenny. It is one of the biggest construction operations in the north-west at present.

Construction work is going on at four sites around the town at Magherennan, Ballyraine, Bonagee and the Thorn.

Senior Engineer, Peadar MacRory described the progress as “good overall”. He said the project is due to be finished in March 2014. Civil engineering works are ahead of scheludle in many respects and should be completed by the middle of next year. The mechanical and electrical works will have to be completed then. He was was confident that the project will not be late but did not predict an early finish either.

Mr. MacRory added there were a number of concerned residents at Thorn Road but the council has met them and explained the importance of the work.

Already 8,000 cubic metres of concrete has been placed, 285 metres tunnelled and 875 metres of open land dug for pipelines.

Councillors praised the amount of work that has been done. Cllr. Ciaran Brogan said it was an exciting project but added that there ware always going to be issues with the work at Thorn Road.

County Manager Seamus Neely said that it was good to see the project progressing so well. Donegal Co. Council is providing €7.5m of the total cost with the balance coming from the exchequer.

“It is a significant investment and it is good to see it progressing as well because it is something that is needed from an environmnetal perspective and it will put the town on a better footing for the future,” he said.