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EirGrid publishes draft strategy
27 Mar 2015 13:01
EirGrid has published a new draft strategy for the development of Ireland's transmission grid.
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It confirms new options on two of its major projects and also confirms that it believes overhead lines are the most appropriate solution for the North-South interconnector.
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In the strategy to be published later today, EirGrid says that the need for new infrastructure remains, even though economic circumstances have led to reduced demand forecasts for 2025 and beyond.
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Advances in technology mean that its Grid Link project in the southeast, which had led to strong opposition to building new pylons, now includes the option of upgrading existing power lines.
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This "series compensation" technology would be introduced to the grid for the first time.
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The Grid West project now has the option of using overhead lines along with up to 30km of underground cable.
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Whether these new options will appease the concerns of anti-pylon groups remains to be seen.
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However there is no solace for opponents of the overhead lines for the North-South interconnector between Meath and Tyrone.
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EirGrid says going overhead remains the most appropriate solution.
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