During the COVID-19 pandemic, EirGrid is continuing to ensure that electricity is always available, when and where it is needed, every second of every day. As a key element of our ongoing grid development programme, EirGrid is continuing to work on the North South Interconnector project.
Based on up-to-date cost estimates, the North South Interconnector is expected to create immediate savings to consumers of €20 million per year, with those savings rising over the following years.
When energised, the North South Interconnector will help ensure that Ireland, north and south, has a secure and affordable supply of electricity that also plays its part in the critical decarbonisation of the power system. The project will see the two electricity grids on the island connected and strengthened by the addition of the new overhead line. This will remove blockages on the electricity system, significantly reducing costs to consumers and improving the efficiency of the all-island electricity market.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the North South Interconnector team remains available to answer your questions on this vital project. Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer at EirGrid, said:
“During this challenging time, we are continuing to make sure that homes, businesses and communities across Ireland have the reliable and sustainable electricity supply we all need in this unprecedented crisis. It is vital too that we continue to work to develop the grid for the future, with projects such as the proposed North South Interconnector.
“As well as creating savings to consumers, the interconnector will play a critical role in the decarbonisation of the power system because it will facilitate 900 MW of additional renewable electricity onto the grid - enough to power 600,000 homes – which means a more sustainable electricity system for future generations.
“We’re always keen to hear feedback and answer questions on our grid development projects. We remain available to anyone wanting to find out more about the North South Interconnector, and while we can’t meet face-to-face at the moment, it is important that the community knows how to reach us. If you want to share your views or ask questions please contact us via email at email@example.com and we will get back to you. You can also speak directly to our Agricultural Liaison Officer, John Boylan, on 087 255 6697. We’re here to help.”