EIRGRID IS TO invest €500 million in a new high voltage power power line linking Leinster and Munster.
The project will connect Knockraha in Co. Cork to Great Island in Co. Wexford to Dunstown, Co. Kildare.
Eirgid is begin a 12 week consultation process as it begins considering a number of 1km wide corridors along which the new 400 KV power line could be located.
(Route options for the proposed €500mn Eirgid power line. Source Eirgrid)
The project is at an early stage and Eirgrid say they do not expect to submit an application to An Bord Pleanála for planning approval before 2015.
Eirgrid says the new powerline forms part of a planned investment of €3.2 billion in the period up to 2025 and will help towards Ireland’s goal of using 40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
As part of the consultation period Eirgrid will hold a twelve information days over the next month to allow locals to give their opinions on what factors should be considered when determining the least constrained corridor.
EirGrid says that it recognises that some individuals are genuinely concerned about issues regarding electric and magnetic fields and health but says worldwide research has shown no conclusive evidence that exposure is harmful to public health.