Communities in North-East outraged by continued discrimination with North-South Interconnector Project

October 8, 2015

Grid Link U -turn confirms why North-South interconnector demands independent analysis (Word Doc)

North East Pylon Pressure Campaign (NEPPC) wishes to make the following statements:

  • The North-South Interconnector Project (NSIP) was excluded by this Government from a detailed analysis of undergrounding , as laid out in its original terms of reference. Grid Link and Grid West were afforded such analysis. Claims by EirGrid that the NSIP has been properly analysed for an underground alternative are misleading and dishonest.
  •  For the last 4 years EirGrid has stated that there was an absolute requirement, to achieve the Grid Link project, for 750 pylons to be erected between Kildare and Cork, at a cost of €550 M and that there was no other feasible option. Recently, under mounting public and political pressure it has announced that it needs zero pylons, but will use the existing technology of ‘series compensation’ at a cost of c.€200M. How can there be any technical or commercial confidence in a company that makes a complete U-turn on grid strategy overnight?
  •  The IEP was asked to examine underground and overhead line options. It was never asked to examine ‘series compensation’. EirGrid’s U-turn has made a mockery of the IEP’s remit and work carried out to date. ‘Series Compensation’ is not new technology, it was available to be examined from the outset but was never included, until public pressure came to bear. This technology has never been independently examined for the NSIP.
  •  The reality for the people of the North-East is that the NSIP has been systematically excluded from a proper analysis of alternatives (see Table 1) other than using the old and negative technology of overhead lines and pylons. This unjust and illogical decision will not be accepted by local communities. The completely dismissive approach taken by our local Government elected representatives and by the DCENR will only lead to major confrontation.
  •  The decision by EirGrid to proceed to planning without a proper undergrounding analysis is a clear statement of contempt for the communities affected and for the democratic process.
  •  NEPPC wishes to send out a message, in the strongest terms possible, that the affected communities will not stand for this unjust, unfair and unnecessary application from EirGrid.

 

North East Pylon Pressure Campaign Limited

087- 680 36 66         pjboreilly@eircom.net

 

Table 1: Process and public engagement comparison of 400kv ‘Grid 25’ projects

 Undergrounding Criteria Plans

East-West    400kV

Grid-Link     400kV

Grid West 400kV

North-South 400kV

Identify route alongside existing public roads

YES

YES

YES

NO

Select emerging preferred route along public roads

YES

YES

YES

NO

Feedback period from public

YES

YES

YES

NO

Liaison with local authorities

YES

YES

YES

NO

Liaison with NRA

YES

YES

YES

NO

Liaison with other relevant agencies

YES

YES

YES

NO

Landowner information brochure on underground route option

YES

YES

YES

NO

Public consultation process on underground route option

YES

YES

YES

NO

Letter and maps to landowners of underground route option

YES

YES

YES

NO

Route chosen with lowest environmental impact

YES

YES

YES

NO

Recommended use of HVDC cable technology

YES

YES

YES

NO

 

 

Filed under: Press Releases 2015


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