A GAS pipeline is being planned through agricultural lands including several locations in County Kilkenny.
The 46-kilometre gas delivery line being planned by Bord Gais is due to connect the Dublin/ Cork gas main at Baunluck to the Great Island Power Station in Wexford.
It is proposed to travel through agricultural lands in the areas of Kells, Knocktopher, Ballyhale, Castlebanny, Ballynooney (Mullinavat), Ballyrohan (Glenmore) and Ballinlaw (Glenmore), according to information presented to members at this month’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council.
Bord Gais has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to complete the development of the gas main, which would be 400mm in diameter.
It is planned to begin works in late 2012 with the majority of the pipeline constructed in 2013, and to have the pipeline installed, commissioned and operational by the end of 2013, according to information given to Kilkenny County Council.
As planned, the pipeline would cross 33 public roads in County Kilkenny: the M9 and N25; regional roads R697, R699, R448 and R704; and 27 regional roads.
Council chairman Paul Cuddihy (FG) welcomed the proposed works.
“This is a major infrastructural project which will help the South East supply Great Island ... giving new life to the power station which is only a few miles away from Belview port, which we are trying to develop,” he said. “The line does not go through villages, it does not go through main streets.”
He said it would bring energy security and help attract inward investment to the South East.
Cllr Eamon Aylward (FF) said it would be a welcome addition to the South East, but he also asked that planners liaise closely with local residents.
The proposed route “comes quite close” to his own house, he noted.