NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR BACK ON AGENDA ON BOTH SIDES OF BORDER

5 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT MUST COMMIT TO UNDERGROUNDING THE PROJECT:COUNCIL CHAIR

Michael Fisher

The controversial North South interconnector is firmly back on the agenda on both sides of the border. Using the opportunity presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, senior EirGrid executives have been quietly progressing their plans for the high voltage overhead electricity line across five counties, supported by a string of over 400 pylons.

In Belfast yesterday Jo Aston, the Managing Director of SONI, a subsidiary of EirGrid, told (by conference call) the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Economy Committee chaired by a Sinn Féin representative that it was absolutely crucial for the second interconnector to be put in place and expected it could be in operation by 2025 if given approval. She said the development was necessary to strengthen the electricity grid and allow it to cope with the connection of renewable sources such as wind power. The SONI boss….

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