700 MW Celtic interconnector will bypass Castlemartyr and Killeagh
technical assessments and feedback from local stake holders, EirGrid has
decided to bypass the two East Cork villages, Castlemartyr and Killeagh,
for the onshore cable route of the proposed Celtic
Initially, the cable was planned to pass through the two villages, but
now EirGrid is planning to lay the cable in agricultural land north of
Castlemartyr and south-east of Killeagh.
EirGrid's chief infrastructure officer, Michael Mahon, said,
"routing the cable circuit through Killeagh and Castlemartyr presents
challenges. Instead, we are proposing to lay the cable in agricultural
land north of Castlemartyr and south-east of Killeagh. We are in discussions
with landowners close to both villages and are confident that we can come
up with a very satisfactory solution".
EirGrid will commence written communication with landowners to update them
about the new proposed route. Studies and assessments of the new proposed
route are underway, and the project's planning application will be submitted
by April. The decision to planning application can be expected in ~12 months,
which will lead to start of the construction phase in 2022.
The 320 kV Celtic
will be the first direct link between Ireland’s electricity network and
mainland Europe. The 600 km link will be partly developed by French and
Irish TSOs, RTE and EirGrid. The €1 billion project received €530.7 million
of support from the European Commission in 2019.
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