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Thursday 17 October 2019

Baginbun Interconnector plan unveiled

At the Greenlink exhibition at Ramsgrange Parochial Hall were Anna Farley, Intertech; Tina Raleigh, planning and permitting manager, Greenlink and Cllr Michael Whelan.
At the Greenlink exhibition at Ramsgrange Parochial Hall were Anna Farley, Intertech; Tina Raleigh, planning and permitting manager, Greenlink and Cllr Michael Whelan.

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Detailed plans for the Greenlink Interconnector were viewed by a crowd in Ramsgrange.

The event in the parochial hall was held in conjunction with the continuing public consultation on the proposed project. The Ramsgrange showcase follows on from events in Fethard and Duncannon last year and in January this year.

Greenlink will connect the electricity grids of Ireland and Great Britain and is one of Europe's most important new energy infrastructure projects, bringing benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, jobs and electricity consumers. The €400m plus privately-financed project is planned for commissioning in 2023.

In Ireland, the 200km interconnector is intended to come ashore under the beach at Baginbun Beach near Fethard-on-Sea and then continue underground to a converter station located near to the existing Great Island substation. A number of cable routes have been assessed and the preferred route was unveiled at this latest exhibition.

Tina Raleigh, Planning and Permitting Manager for Ireland, said: 'We are keen to ensure that we incorporate feedback from local people and organisations into our final proposal. We want to ensure it looks to minimise any impacts and fully considers ways to deliver the project to the benefit of the local community. We are also keen to hear from local businesses that wish to be involved in the project. Greenlink has the potential to bring significant regional investment and we want to optimise the economic benefits for the area.'

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