DOUBTS OVER NEED FOR SECOND INTERCONNECTOR AFTER SALE OF TWO POWER PLANTS IN NORTH

3 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The two major power stations in the North at Ballylumford and Kilroot near Carrickfergus in Co. Antrim are to be sold to a Czech company by their American owners, AES. The plants were at the centre of argument during planning hearings about the need for security of electricity supply and keeping the lights on, and the supposed need for a second North South interconnector that would go through five counties including Monaghan.

The deal will see the two plants sold to Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) as part of a wider deal totalling $211m (€187.64m). EPH is controlled by the billionaire Daniel Kretínský and owns energy assets across Europe, including four power stations in England. Reacting to the news, Nigel Hillis of the County Monaghan Anti Pylon Campaign said it was obvious that EPH was not going to invest in these power plants unless it felt there was a longterm future for them to supply energy in Northern….

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