As Ireland’s state-owned transmission system operator (TSO), EirGrid is statutorily obliged to explore and develop opportunities for further interconnection. We carry out studies and assessments on an ongoing basis of potential opportunities for interconnection for Ireland. In 2009, the ‘Interconnector Economic Feasibility Report’ identified an interconnector with France as one such opportunity.
The Celtic Interconnector is a proposed electrical link, which if built will enable the movement of power between Ireland and France. We have been working with our counterpart in France, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, to investigate the feasibility of an electrical link between our two countries.
Celtic Interconnector Information days:
- Knockraha Community Centre. Monday 18 November, 4 pm – 9 pm.
- Carrigtwohill Community Hall. Tuesday 19 November, 4pm – 8 pm.
- Midleton Park Hotel. Friday 22 November, 4 pm – 8 pm.
- Midleton Park Hotel. Saturday 23 November, 12 pm – 5 pm.
- Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal. Wednesday 27 November, 12 pm – 8 pm.
- Castlemartyr Resort Hotel. Thursday 28 November, 4 pm – 8 pm.
- Killeagh Community Centre. Friday 29 November, 4 pm – 8 pm.
What are the benefits of this project?
If built the Celtic Interconnector will bring many benefits, including:
- Ability to import and export 700 MW (megawatts) of electricity, the equivalent of supplying power to around 450,000 homes
- Enhanced security of supply for Irish electricity users. It will provide Ireland’s only direct energy connection to an EU Member State once the United Kingdom leaves the EU
- Apply downward pressure on the cost of electricity to consumers in Ireland
- Help facilitate Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future
- Provide a direct fibre optic communications link between Ireland and France.
For more information on this project, click HERE