CALLS FOR EIRGRID TO ALTER INTERCONNECTOR PLANS FOLLOWING CHANGE IN TECHNOLOGY ELSEWHERE

16 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

There have been calls for EirGrid to withdraw the controversial plan currently before An Bord Pleanála for a second North-South 400kV high voltage overhead electricity interconnector through part of County Monaghan and four other counties.

This follows the announcement by the company that the proposed GridLink project in Munster and parts of Leinster will no longer require new pylons to be built but will make use of the current power lines for distribution. This change by EirGrid was an example of people power expressed at its best in the interest of community and of the country as a whole, according to Ireland Midlands/North-West MEP Marian Harkin.

EirGrid says the emergence of the new ‘Regional Option’ means there is now no requirement to proceed with the previously proposed GridLink 400 kV overhead line from Cork through Waterford to Kildare. But it says the alternative technology cannot be deployed in the North-East in the case of the North/South interconnector.

EirGrid has been asked by An Bord Pleanála to …

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