110kv powerline

  • Now that the start and finish points for the proposed new 110 kv power line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghadereen have been confirmed, Eirgrid must decide on the technology that will be used - such as underground or overground lines - and the path the 110 kv line will take, to provide an enhanced electricity supply across north Connacht.

    The new power line will be also capable of taking newly-generated renewable energy from the region into the national grid.

    Details of the plan, which replaces the controversial GridWest plan, were outlined by Eirgrid to councillors at the monthly meeting of Mayo Co Co earlier this week.

    The company's office in Castlebar is also open to the public this week to provide further information on their plans.

  • The consultation process on Eirgrid’s proposed new 110 KV line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

    Progress on the provision of a substantially upgraded electricity line for a large part of county Mayo, is on hold until it is again deemed safe again for public gatherings. That was confirmed yesterday by Aidan Corcoran Transmission Project Manager with Eirgrid when he addressed the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    It’s about a decade ago when Eirgrid proposed a controversial 400KV line for this area, and it resulted in mass public protests and was eventually shelved.

    The new proposal includes options to have the line either overhead or underground, and a number of preferred routes have been established. The company now wants the views of local residents and landowners and others on the proposals and eventually a single option will be adopted and the company will seek planning permission to construct the line.

    It’s planned that the line will be in place by the third quarter of 2024.

     Aidan spoke to Midwest News today about the delay in the company’s next stage of planning – the consultation process -that was due to get underway at the end of this month, but is now on hold because of the coronavirus

     

  • A Westport councillor has called on Eirgrid to consider a 220 KV power line to run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen instead of the 110KV line planned.

    Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn believes that it is vital that the county has infrastructure ready for the future, not just to meet present needs.

    He was speaking at the monthly meeting of Mayo County yesterday where Aidan Corcoran Transmission Project Manager with Eirgrid addressed the monthly meeting of the authority.

    It’s about a decade ago when Eirgrid proposed a controversial 400KV line for this area, and it resulted in mass public protests and was eventually shelved.

    The new proposal includes options to have the line either overhead or underground, and a number of preferred routes have been established. The company now wants the views of local residents, landowners and others on the proposals, and eventually a single option will be adopted and the company will seek planning permission to construct the line.

    The public consultation process was due to take place at the end of this month but due to coronavirus concerns has been postponed.

    It’s planned that the line will be in place by the third quarter of 2024.

    Cllr Flynn has been telling Midwest News today why he believes that the county needs to be ambitious and seek a higher powered 220 KV line, while the planning for the 110KV line continues.