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Thursday 19 October 2017

Eirgrid: The projects

1 North-South Interconnector

The €288m project runs between Woodland in Co Meath and Turleenan in Tyrone. It will provide a second high-capacity electricity transmission line between The Republic and Northern Ireland.

The project was launched in autumn 2007, and a planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanala in December 2009. It was withdrawn in July 2010. About 100km of the line is in the Republic, and up to 300 homeowners will qualify for a payment. The cost of the community gain scheme will be €4m, with another €4m expected to be paid to homeowners.

2 Grid West

Expected to cost €240m, Grid West will provide a high-capacity power line linking north Mayo to Flagford in Roscommon. Between 200 and 300 homeowners are expected to qualify for a payment.

A planning application is due to be lodged in 2015. The cost of the community gain scheme will be some €5.2m, with another €4m set aside for homeowners.

3 Grid Link

The largest of the three projects, some 35,000 submissions were made on plans to run a 260km line from Knockraha in Cork to Great Island in Wexford and terminating at Dunstown, near Kilcullen in Co Kildare.

The project is expected to cost €500m, but a final route has not been decided which means the number of affected homeowners is unknown. However, based on the figures expected for Grid West and Grid Link, up to 800 households may qualify. The cost of the community gain will be some €10.4m. If 800 households qualify for the maximum payment of €30,000, the cost will be an additional €24m. Planning permission is due to be sought in 2016.

Irish Independent

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