East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade

This project is a proposed development to reinforce the network between East Meath and North Dublin. 

This page shows you information on this project's activity, with more recent news first.

May 2022

Public Webinars

EirGrid is improving the grid in the greater Dublin area by adding a 400kV underground high capacity electricity connection between Woodland substation in Co Meath and Belcamp substation in north Dublin.

To ensuring stakeholders have as many opportunities as possible to hear about project updates and to facilitate this two webinars will take place on June 8th next.

You can register for the webinars by clicking on the links below:

 

Upcoming Information Days

As part of its ongoing awareness campaign on the East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade, EirGrid, operator and developer of the electricity grid, will hold an information day in Swords this coming Wednesday, May 18.

The information day will take place in The Atrium, County Hall, Swords from 11am to 4pm and provide the public with the latest information on the proposed 400kV underground cable project.

The awareness campaign continues into next month with the EirGrid team and its mobile information unit:

  • May 31 - Supervalu in Tyrrelstown, 11am to 5pm;
  • June 1 - Kinsealy Garden Centre, 10am to 1pm and on to St Margaret’s GAA Club from 2pm to 5pm;
  • June 2 - Caffrey’s Batterstown, Co Meath from 10am to 2pm;
  • June 14 – Main Street, Dunboyne, 10am to 1pm and Sweeney’s, Kilbride, 2pm – 5pm;
  • June 15 - Coachman’s Inn, Airport Road, 10am to 2pm;

Find out more details about the project in the related documents.

Eight-week awareness campaign

EirGrid has launched an eight-week awareness campaign for the East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade.

The project will improve the electricity grid in the east of the country by adding a high-capacity connection between Woodland substation in Batterstown, County Meath and Belcamp substation in north Dublin.

To keep communities informed of the latest updates on the project, an awareness campaign will take place throughout May and June. The campaign will include a number of information days where EirGrid team members will be available at locations in the project area, along with public webinars where people can hear about project developments to date.                     

A public consultation, due to be held later this year will seek feedback on potential route options for this 400kV underground cable.

Full detail on project developments to date are available here.

 

October 2020

EirGrid has commenced public consultation to last eight weeks until 7th December on a new electricity infrastructure project that will strengthen the grid between East Meath and North Dublin.

The project will help meet the growing demand for electricity in the east of the country, specifically the east of Meath and north of Dublin, due to the increased economic activity in recent years.

It will also facilitate increasing amounts of renewable electricity that is generated by windfarms in the west and transported for use in the east of the country where fossil fuelled generators currently supply most of the power required.

The development, known as the East Meath to North Dublin Network Reinforcement Project, involves building a new electricity circuit that links the Woodland substation near Dunboyne to one of Corduff, Finglas or Belcamp substations in Dublin.

The existing electricity circuits in North Dublin and East Meath will soon reach capacity so we need to invest in reinforcing the electricity system in the region to meet growing demand and efficiently move the increasing amounts of renewable energy on the grid to where it is needed.

The project is at a very early stage of development. An EirGrid team of engineers is evaluating seven possible technology options, both overhead lines and underground cables, which could link the substations. The technology options will be evaluated against a set of five criteria: technical, economic, environmental, deliverability and socio-economic.

The public and other stakeholders can provide feedback to the project team, which will in turn feed into the overall evaluation. Based on this, a shortlist of options will be put forward for more detailed evaluation and analysis.

July 2020

The project is at a very early stage of development and we are currently evaluating a long list of options consisting of both overhead and underground technologies that link substations in East Meath and North Dublin.

The long list of reinforcement options has been developed to identify the best possible solution for this project. The options have been measured against both technical and economic criteria to reduce the list of options.

In September 2020, stakeholders can provide feedback to the project team, which will in turn feed into the evaluation of the options.