EIRGRID Cross Shannon cable project
This Cross Shannon Cable project is part of a Regional Solution proposed by the Government appointed Independent Expert Panel in their report assessing the needs of the Grid Link project which was published in September 2015.
EirGrid’s role as the state owned transmission system operator is to provide a platform for renewed economic growth and development.
In this case there are high levels of renewable electricity generation being connected to the electricity grid in the South and West of Ireland.
During times of high wind, power is expected to flow from the South and West of Ireland to the East of Ireland.
The Cross Shannon Cable will assist this power in connecting to the existing cross Ireland 400 kV overhead line which connects at Moneypoint.
Are Electricity Cables Crossing the Shannon a new Technology?
No, electricity transmission cables have been laid previously in the Shannon Estuary including the Prospect Tarbert 220 kV cables which were laid in 1977, and the Moneypoint Kilpaddoge 220 kV cables which were installed in 2015.