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The Tail-Race

 

Water from the turbines is discharged via 59 feet long draft tubes to the tail race and is then conveyed back to the river downstream at Parteen-a-Lax. For most of its length it is a cutting through solid rock. Care had to be taken to remove any protruding pieces of rock in order to facilitate navigation. A bridge was constructed over the tail-race at Parteen Village.
Blasting the rock for the tail-race near Clonlara
Blasting the rock for the tail-race near Clonlara

Steam shovel excavator at rock excavation in the tail-race near Clonlara
Steam shovel excavator at rock excavation
in the tail-race near Clonlara

Electrical multiple bucket excavator at work
Electrical multiple bucket excavator at work