EIRGRID MOVES TO PROGRESS ELECTRICITY INTERCONNECTOR IN ABSENCE OF NI EXECUTIVE

22 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Construction of EirGrid’s North South interconnector will begin in Northern Ireland in 2021 if approved and will be completed within three years by 2023, according to the electricity grid operator’s northern subsidiary, SONI. The target dates are contained in a document submitted last month to the Stormont Department for Infrastructure. This corresponds with the date reported exactly a year ago by The Northern Standard, “Completion of interconnector in 2023” (August 16th 2018 p.14).

The North’s Department for Infrastructure is currently holding a four-weeks public consultation exercise on further environmental information submitted to it in July by the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI). The report prepared by SONI states that it is based on desktop research and visits by agricultural liaison staff to pockets of land intended to be used for construction of the 100 pylons and overhead high voltage lines.

It concludes that there has been no change in environmental impact since the project was initially approved by the then DfI Permament Secretary Peter May in January 2018. The….

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