EIRGRID SAYS NORTH SOUTH INTERCONNECTOR REMAINS VITAL AND COULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY 2026

1 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

EirGrid has set out its plans to deal with electricity generation shortages that could potentially lead to blackouts this winter. The company says the controversial North South interconnector is currently expected to be commissioned during 2025 and become available for its first full year of operation in 2026. The Commission for Regulation of Utilities, in response to EirGrid’s plan, said it was essential that the North- South Interconnector is progressed, to provide greater all-island resilience.

LANDOWNER OPPOSITION

The project involving a 400kV overhead line with 400 pylons was approved in the Republic in December 2016 and is subject to a legal challenge in the North.

It is still strongly opposed by local landowners, who want the line stretching across five counties put underground, as EirGrid has decided to do with the Kildare/Meath line. Jim McNally is a long-time campaigner against the pylon plans. He told The Northern Standard: “It should be no surprise to EirGrid why electricity demand in Ireland is on the increase especially after the pandemic when industrial usage was at a minimum and why in the long-term it will increase significantly due to the expected expansion of ‘large energy users’ such ….

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