• Eirgird is encouraging people to have their say during the final days of public consultation on the North Connacht 110 KV power project.

    The new electricity development will run from Ballina to Ballaghadereen, and a number of possible overhead line and underground cable routes are currently being evaluated.

    Members of the public in Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo have until Friday week, 11th December, to submit feedback online at eirgridgroup.com.


  • Eirgrid has extended the public consultation on the North Connacht 110 KV power line project until the 11th December.

    Initially, submissions had to be received by next Monday 16th November, but that date has now been pushed out to next month to allow more people in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon to engage with the company in relation to their plans.

    Eirgird is currently looking at possible routes for the 110 KV line within a study area that runs from Ballina down to Ballaghadereen and from Foxford across to Tubbercurry.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary says welcomed confirmation from Eirgrid that people will now have almost an extra month to make their submissions..

    Eirgrid is running telephone clinics for people to give their feedback on the plans, and additional webinars will be held on the 1st, 3rd and 7th December.


  • It may well be an underground option that Eirgrid selects as the route for its proposed 110Kv power line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen. That’s according to David Martin, Senior Communications Specialist with Eirgrid.

    Reacting to opposition against any proposed overhead routes for the proposed electricity line by the newly formed Attymass Against Pylons,Mr Martin welcomed the views of local communities and encourages others to take part in the consultation process now underway and extended out to December 11th.

    Eirgrid is at present looking at 7 different route corridor options, four of these involve overhead lines, and 3 would be underground cable.

    David Martin told Midwest News today that the company’s preferred option “may well be underground power lines". He also confirmed that there is no difference in the service between overhead lines and underground cables.

  • 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.

  • EirGrid, Ireland’s grid operator, is this week beginning consultation on a new electricity project that will reinforce the network in north Connacht.

    Consultation on the North Connacht 110 kV project starts in Ballina tomorrow and will continue in Foxford, Swinford, Charlestown, Dromore West, Collooney, Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar over the coming weeks.

    The new development replaces the larger Grid West project that was originally proposed in 2012 to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid. The decision to replace it is due to the lower than expected amounts of wind generation in the North Connacht region.

    This means it can now be connected through the development of a lower-voltage, 110 kV line. The new project will also reinforce the electricity network in the region, supporting its attractiveness as a place in which to live, work and invest.

    Eirgrid Spokesperson David Martin says the project is at a very early stage of development and they are looking for feedback on four different 110 KV technology options.

    Mr. Martin says they are not considering a route for the line at this early stage.

    He says once they have decided on the best technology option they will engage with the public again before deciding on the best route.

    The project will be a 110 KV overhead line or underground cable.

    If an overhead line is used, the majority of the line would be carried on twin pole sets.

    The start point for the project will be at the Moy substation near Ballina.

    The end point will be either Tonroe substation near Ballaghaderreen or Srananagh substation near Sligo town.

    Anyone who wishes to make submission on this phase of the project can do so until july 23rd.

    Details on how to make a submission are available on www.eirgrid.com

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council have welcomed today’s announcement from Eirgrid on their plans to move forward with initial consultations on the North Connacht Project.

    Chief Executive at Mayo County Council Peter Hynes ‘We are delighted that the consultation process for the North Connacht 110 kV project has begun, it will connect large amounts of renewable energy to reinforce the electricity network in the region. Eirgrid are working earnestly to provide the best options for this development and while it is in its initiation we encourage that the people of County Mayo  actively engage with Eirgrid in providing feedback on the different technology options. This will be tremendously helpful in their decision-making process and ensure that the most suitable course of action is taken for our county.’

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn welcomed the development and confirmed the significance of the project  ‘ “Ireland’s target for renewable energy generation is to account for 40% of electricity consumption by 2020, the development of the North Connacht 110 kV Project is a step in the right direction for County Mayo’s participation towards this goal. By connecting renewable energy from the North West to the grid, this new project will reinforce the electricity network, supporting Mayo County Council’s aim to enhance the attractiveness of the county as a place in which to live, work and invest”

  • EirGrid has confirmed the start and end points for the North Connacht Project, a new electricity line that will connect local renewable energy to the national grid and reinforce the regional electricity system.

     A series of economic, socio-economic, environmental and technical network studies have concluded that the line should run between the electricity substations at Moy near Ballina in county Mayo, and Tonroe, near Ballaghadreen, in Co. Roscommon.

     The other option that was under consideration was a circuit between Moy and Srananagh in Co. Sligo.

     As the state-owned operator and developer of the electricity transmission grid in Ireland, EirGrid is obliged to connect large electricity generators to the grid.

    In North Connacht, a large amount of electricity is generated by wind farms, with more planned for the future as part of the decarbonisation of the national grid. The level of planned generation exceeds the capacity of the existing infrastructure. As a result EirGrid will reinforce and improve the network to accommodate the additional power.

     During 2018, EirGrid carried out the studies and consulted with the public and stakeholders in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.

     On the basis of these studies and feedback received, Moy and Tonroe proved the best-performing start and end points for the proposed new line.  This 110 kV line can run overhead or underground.  If an overhead line is used, the majority of the distance would be carried on twin pole sets. 

     The next step in the development of the project is to choose the best technology and to determine the most suitable route between the two substations.  This phase will also establish whether the line will be overhead, underground or a combination of both, and formal consultation activities will resume later in 2019.

     The North Connacht Project will replace the larger Grid West project that was originally proposed in 2012.  EirGrid revised its previous plans due to the lower than expected amounts of wind generation in the region.

     Interested members of the public are invited to visit EirGrid Regional Office, Chapel House, 3 Upper Chapel Street, in Castlebar.  The office will be open from today, 7th January until Friday, 18 January and members of the EirGrid team will be available to answer any questions on the project. 



    Eirgrid appears to be pursuing an underground option for its planned North Connacht 110kV power line.

    The proposed power line will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen, and has been designed to cater for increased renewable energy capacity in the region into the future, and will also secure the power supply into the north Mayo region.

    Extensive public consultation has been carried out in relation to the route proposals for the project which consisted of seven options – four overhead line designs, and three underground cable options.

    There has been widespread opposition to the overhead line proposals in particular, in the Attymass area where a local opposition group was established highlighting concerns over the impact of overhead lines held up on large mast structures on the local environment.

    Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara told Midwest News this morning that EirGrid has selected an underground cable option for the North Connacht 110kV project and will now seek planning permission for that option.

    It will be the longest underground line in Ireland, at approximately 60 km in length, and councillor O’Hara believes it will be a huge asset for the region.

    He says the news is very welcome and has congratulated Eirgrid for listening to the concerns of communities and providing an extensive public consultation period on the proposals.

    Cllr O’Hara has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the development and the relief for the community of Attymass..