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EirGrid Launches Public Consultation On Kildare-Meath Up-Grade Route.

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It has narrowed the options down to four.

EirGrid has launched a public consultation to identify a preferred underground route option for the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade.

The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade is a high-capacity connection between Dunstown substation near Two Mile House in Kildare and Woodland substation near Batterstown in Meath.

The firm says "the project will help to more effectively transfer power to the east of the country and distribute it throughout the electricity network in Meath, Kildare and surrounding counties. It will also strengthen the network and help meet the growing demand for electricity in the East."

EirGrid is presenting four potential routes for the project, following a decision in April that an underground cable was the best performing option.

This follows on from a consultation last year, in which the firm wrote to 57,000 homes across the two counties

All four route options travel, primarily, along the public road network between the two substations and EirGrid is seeking to avoid agricultural lands, motorways, town centres and industrial estates where possible.

The lengths of the four options range from 47km to 51km. While most of the cable route in each option can be laid in the road network, each will require some of the route to be constructed off-road. These off-road corridors range from 5km to 12km and are currently being investigated and analysed by the EirGrid project team.

Michael Mahon, EirGrid's Chief Infrastructure Officer joined Clem Ryan on Tuesday's edition of Kildare Today.

The 12-week consultation starts today

The route options are available here

 

*article up-dated to include Kildare Today interview with Mr. Mahon.

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