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FAB 24 in Intel, Leixlip

FAB 24 in Intel, Leixlip

FAB 24 in Intel, Leixlip

Kildare County Council has put on hold plans by Intel for a new $4bn (€3.53bn) manufacturing fabrication facility at its Leixlip plant.

This follows the planning authority seeking further information from the chip giant on its ambitious plan.

The primary issue in the request concerns Eirgrid's plan for a new 220KV sub-station to connect the Maynooth Woodland transmission line to the Intel campus, pictured, either overground or underground, across the Rye Water.

Eirgrid requires planning permission from An Bord Pleanála to construct the connection and the council pointed out that a planning application has yet to be lodged for the project.

The impacts from that are to form part of a revised Natura Impact Statement to be lodged to examine the combined impacts of the Intel plan and the Eirgrid scheme.

The council has also requested Intel to respond to issues raised by third parties making submissions.

The small number of those to make submissions include farmer Thomas Reid.

It is the latest Intel Leixlip application the farmer has objected to since 2012, with six previous Intel applications brought before An Bord Pleanála by Mr Reid.

Irish Independent