The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council has welcomed the announcement that EirGrid are to begin consultations this week on a new electricity project for the region.
The North Connacht 110 kV project replaces the larger and controversial Grid West project which was originally proposed in 2012 to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid.
The Grid West project was met with a number of objections when large pylons were proposed to transverse large parts of north Mayo. It was eventually scrapped with EirGrid, Ireland’s grid operator, saying the decision to replace it is due to the lower than expected amounts of wind energy in the north Connacht region.
The new project means it can now be connected through the development of a lower-voltage, 110 kV line and will also reinforce the electricity network in the region.
The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes welcomed the commencement of the consultation process for the North Connacht 110 kV project.
“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,” he said.
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.
EirGrid spokesperson, David Martin said the project is at a very early stage of development and they are looking for feedback on four different 110 kV technology options.
“We are not considering a route for the line at this early stage. Once we have decided on the best technology option we will engage with the public again before deciding on the best route,” he said.
The start point for the project will be at the Moy substation near Ballina and the end point will be either Tonroe substation near Ballaghaderreen or Srananagh substation near Sligo Town.
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn welcomed the development saying the project was a step in the right direction in delivering their renewable energy generation
target of 40 percent of electricity consumption by 2020.
Anyone who wishes to make a submission on this phase of the project can do so until July 23. Details on how to make a submission are available on www.eirgrid.com.