EirGrid error leads to withdrawal of pylons application

10 July 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

IT has emerged following the adjournment of the An Bord Pleanala oral hearing on Monday that EirGrid has withdrawn its current application for the cross-border 400 kv Interconnector Development. But the company has also indicated that it will submit a new application in respect of the development “in the near future”.

The move, reported yesterday (Wednesday) has been taken in the wake of the discovery of an error in the details of the height of the proposed pylons published in its planning application notices, and the subject of Monday’s adjournment of the An Bord Pleanala oral hearing on its 23rd day at Carrickmacross.

The error involving the semi-state body, which wrongly advertised the height of the pylon towers to run through Cavan and Monaghan on to Co Meath, now raises a serious question of costs on all parties which, it is claimed, could accrue to close on €1 million.

EirGrid has indicated that in view of the error, it regrets that it had “no option” but to withdraw the application for planning permission.

However, despite what has happened this week, EirGrid states that it remains committed to the development of the huge cross-border electricity link-up, which it considers is vital for the North East region.

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