Irish Power to Get Boost From Abroad
Sep 10, 2007 - Daily Mail, London
A 500MW electricity interconnector
to boost Ireland's power supply is to come ashore
at Woodland in Co. Meath.
This location has been approved by
the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) on foot
of a detailed study published yesterday.
The interconnector, in the form of
a cable laid on the sea bed, is planned to go live
by 2011. The project is needed to ensure that any
downtime at Irish power stations in the future does
not affect continuity of supply.
Its importance has been boosted by
continued growth in demand for electricity here.
The study, carried out for CER by
the electricity network company EirGrid, looked
at five potential connection points for the undersea
cable. It examined two sites near Arklow in Co.
Wicklow, Inchicore in Dublin, Dunstown in Co. Louth
and Woodland, which is on the Co. Meath coast south
It also examined the cost of reinforcing
the surrounding electricity network to take the
500MW power load.
The Woodland site will cost e94million
but will need the least amount of reinforcement
of the existing grid. The study said: 'Woodland
is the preferred and recommended connection point
for an east-west interconnector.' CER has instructed
EirGrid to prepare to feed power into its network
The new interconnector is seen as
having a potential role in allowing UK power operators
enter the Irish market in competition with existing
UK utility giant Scottish Southern
has said it plans to move into the Irish market.
Such competition would put pressure
on existing suppliers on both sides of the border
including ESB in the Republic and Viridian in the
The Ministry for Communications, Marine
and Natural Resources plans to ask CER to arrange
a competition for the construction of the Irish
end of interconnector project, including the cable
laying from the middle of the Irish Sea.
(c) 2007 Daily Mail; London (UK).