New chief takes the helm at Greenlink

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 06/09/2021 Greenlink

The board of Greenlink Interconnector Limited has announced the appointment of James O’Reilly as Chief Executive Officer. The €500 million project recently secured full planning permission in Ireland.

Greenlink interconnector has a nominal capacity of 500 MW, equivalent to powering 380,000 homes. It will consist of 160km of submarine cabling, with 30km of cable on land linking a substation in County Wexford in Ireland and National Grid’s Pembroke substation in South Wales. It will allow power to flow in either direction depending on supply and demand in each country.

Mr O’Reilly joins
Greenlink with An Bord Pleanála having given consent to the development of the 190km interconnector. The project is now moving into the construction phase later this year with a planned completion date in 2024.

Previously, Mr O’Reilly held the position of Chief Operating Officer for international renewable energy developer, Phelan Energy Group as well as having led engineering and communication network firms in both Ireland and the USA.

Greenlink board chairman Pádraig McManus commented: “We are very pleased to have somebody of James O’Reilly’s calibre and experience to lead the next phase of the delivery of Greenlink. This is an exciting time for the project with planning permission secured and a great deal of credit for the progress we have made to date, must go to James’s predecessor, Nigel Beresford. Nigel’s determination, commitment and energy is a major part of the reason why we have made such strides towards delivering this vital piece of infrastructure.”

Newly appointed CEO James O’Reilly stated: “I am particularly excited to be joining Greenlink at a time when the debates around climate change and energy supply are very much to the fore. Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy.”

The project is considered of critical importance in Europe and has been awarded "Project of Common Interest" status by the European Commission. It is owned exclusively by private markets firm Partners Group, which has more than US $109billion in assets under management with 20 offices worldwide.

Greenlink represents significant additional interconnection capacity between Ireland and the UK, with onward connections to continental Europe.

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