Laois on €500m electricity pylon project route

LAOIS is one of the counties earmarked for the route of the major new electricity pylon project that would link Cork to Dublin.

LAOIS is one of the counties earmarked for the route of the major new electricity pylon project that would link Cork to Dublin.

Eirgrid has announced that it is starting a consultation process on the estimated €500 million Grid Link Project to upgrade the electricity grid in the south and east of Ireland. The company says the development will involve the construction of a new power line linking Leinster and Munster. The project will involve the building of large scale 400kv pylons along the route.

A wide area has been chosen for potential routes, but Laois is sure to feature because of its geographic location and the fact that Eirgid wants to build a large substation in the county to improve the supply to Kilkenny.

Eigrid says the initial study area for the Grid Link route includes Laois, Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

The company says it has started a “non-statutory” public consultation on the project.

“During the first stage of consultation, Eigrid is seeking comment on the proposed study area map feedback on what constraints should be identified, and on how Eirgrid should develop corridors for the project,” said John Lowry, The Grid Link Project Manager.

Launching the Grid Link Project, the Minister for Communictaions, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte said it would provide a long term supply to homes and businesses. Eirgrid’s chief executive Dermot Byrne said the project was “vital”.

The IFA National Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman, Harold Kingston said the upgrade of electricity network is important, but consultation is needed.

“The planned grid development by Eirgrid will cause significant disturbance for the many farmers along the route in the counties affected. It is essential that lessons are learned from the recent problems in the Midlands. Particular attention must be paid to the concerns of farmers at route selection stage and all options in the planning phase must be considered,” he said.

The first stage of consultation runs to Friday, June 8. For more go to www.eirgridprojects.com/gridlink T