EirGrid Identifies Best-Performing Solution for Intel Project

20 May 2019

EirGrid, operator of Ireland’s electricity transmission system, has identified a best-performing solution for upgrading the network supplying power to Intel’s manufacturing plant in Leixlip.

The project involves the development of a new 220 kV electricity substation adjacent to the Intel plant and new electricity circuits to the facility.

Over the past number of months EirGrid has evaluated and consulted with local people on possible project solutions and has now identified a best-performing solution.

It comprises a new substation with Gas Insulated Switchgear technology immediately north of the Intel facility and the Rye Water in the townland of Kellystown. This is a high-voltage substation in which the major structures are houses in a sealed environment.

An underground cable that crosses lands to the east of Ravensdale Demesne will connect the substation to the nearby Maynooth-Woodland transmission line.

New cables will also connect the substation directly to the Intel facility. These will be installed below the Rye Water.

David Martin, EirGrid spokesperson, said: “This is an important project that will provide ongoing electrical support for Intel. We are holding a public information day in the Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip tomorrow, May 21st for anyone who would like to ask questions about our technical solution.”

EirGrid will later this summer submit a planning application for the project.

For further information contact David Martin on 085 6030969.