Open day on proposed high-voltage power line

Eirgrid is holding an open day on September 4 from 12.30-8pm in Kilkenny’s Spring Hill Court Hotel regarding the proposed Grid Link Project that would involve

Eirgrid is holding an open day on September 4 from 12.30-8pm in Kilkenny’s Spring Hill Court Hotel regarding the proposed Grid Link Project that would involve

The €500 million project consists of a new high voltage power line linking Leinster and Munster, with the aim of securing the future electricity supply for Leinster and Munster, empowering growth in the south and east of Ireland and enabling Ireland to meet its 40% renewable electricity target.

Over the next eight weeks, members of the public and all interested parties are being asked to comment on the Constraints Report, available on www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink, and provide feedback on how EirGrid should develop corridors for the new 400kV Alternating Current (AC) overhead power line.

At the Kilkenny open day, the Grid Link Project team will be on hand to explain the project, answer questions and gather feedback.

This is the second round of public consultation on the project, and the Grid Link Project corridor options are due to be published in 2013.

The first period of public consultation, held from April to June, involved the identification of the area within which the project will be located. These findings were recorded in the Report on Consultation 1, which is available at www.eirgridprojects.com/projects/gridlink.

Feedback on this round of consultation must be received by 5pm on October 22. Queries and feedback can be referred to The Grid Link Project Manager, EirGrid, PO Box 12213, Glenageary, Co Dublin, Ireland; gridlink@eirgrid.com; Lo-call 1890 422 122; or visit one of the Grid Link Project Information centres that are now open in Midleton every Monday, Carrick-on-Suir every Tuesday, New Ross every Wednesday and Carlow every Thursday, from noon to 6pm in each venue.