ESB have published a tender notice for works relating to the North South Interconnector.
A minimum of nine months has been set aside in the programme of works to complete the procurement process, identify a contractor and agree contracts. No works will be commissioned on the project during this time.
The tender notice has been published in order to comply with restrictive and lengthy timelines set out by the Official Journal of the European Union, in which all tenders from the public sector valued above a certain financial threshold must be published.
Planning permission was granted for the southern element of the North South Interconnector in December 2016. However the project is currently the subject of a number of planning, judicial and governmental reviews. As a result, this procurement process can be cancelled at any time if necessary.
ESB, with the support of EirGrid, decided to avail of this current review period in order to progress elements of the North South Interconnector project that demand very lengthy lead in times. The outcome of the current reviews are expected to be known before the Europe wide procurement process has concluded.