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EirGrid upgrade to create 300 jobs

About 300 jobs are to be created by upgrade work on the country's electricity transmission network, it was revealed today.

EirGrid, the company in charge of power grids, sub-stations and lines, said the infrastructure work would support high quality supplies, renewable energy and high-tech industries.

The new positions will be taken on over the next five years with 30 jobs in EirGrid`s engineering, project management, planning and design areas.

About 200 workers will be employed building power lines and sub-stations around the country while at least 50 specialist posts will be outsourced.

EirGrid chairwoman Bernie Gray said the work programme would help sustain and create employment in other sectors.

"Through enabling high quality bulk transportation of power, the Grid25 project will provide support for sectors such as renewable energy, the pharmaceutical industry and IT, which require strong transmission of electricity, therefore delivering many more indirect jobs," she said.

The Grid25 includes plans for high quality power supplies in all parts of the country which the company said will offer security of supply.

The jobs announcement was made at the launch of the company's annual report, which detailed 9.4 million euro profit for the year to September 2009.

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