Sparks may fly but the line will be cheaper if it goes overground
Paul Melia explains the costs associated with the north-south interconnector plans
THE North-South Interconnector, specifically excluded by Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte from the remit of the expert commission, has already been the subject of two investigations to determine if it can be placed underground.
Running between Woodland in Co Meath and Turleenan in Tyrone, it is designed to provide a second high-capacity electricity transmission line between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
About 100kms of the line is in the Republic, and the €288m project was launched in autumn 2007. A planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanala in December 2009, but withdrawn in July 2010 due to a technical error in the planning notice.