The operator of Ireland’s electricity transmission grid is understood to be pursuing an underground option for its planned North Connacht 110kV project.
The proposed power line will run from the Moy substation near Ballina to Tonroe substation near Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon and has been designed to cater to increased renewable energy capacity in the region in the coming years.
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, leading to the establishment of a community campaign in the Attymass area that highlighted the many perceived negative impacts any overhead line route selected could have on the locality.
Last night Ballina Municipal District Cllr Mark Duffy told the Western People that EirGrid has selected an underground cable option for the North Connacht 110kV project.
He said further consultations will now be conducted in relation to this option with the intention of going to planning later this year:
“I welcome the decision of EirGrid to select an underground route for this important piece of infrastructure and I compliment the community groups that have engaged in the process so far,” Cllr Duffy remarked.