EIRGRID AGREES TO MEET ANTI PYLON GROUPS TO DISCUSS THE NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR

23 April 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Chief Executive Insists an Overhead Line is the Only Alternative

Michael Fisher

EirGrid boss Mark Foley has agreed to meet next week with representatives of antipylon groups from Monaghan, Cavan and Meath to discuss the North South interconnector plans. However after a ninety minute interaction online with Monaghan Councillors, the company’s Chief Executive insisted that there is no viable alternative to constructing the project except as an overhead high voltage alternating current line with 400 pylons.

Mr Foley and another executive Michael Mahon initially spoke about the company’s future plans for the grid to meet targets for renewable energy. He then spelt out the reasons why an underground cable would not be possible because of the length involved. He also explained that the interconnector running from Woodland in Co. Meath through Cavan and Monaghan would be part of the “central nervous system” or the spine of the all-island grid.

It was therefore not appropriate to use an underground cable when such an important connection was being made. He said cables were more suitable for projects that were on the periphery of the main electricity grid, such as the company’s East West Interconnector to Wales and the new project for the Celtic …

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