It is expected that planning for the Irish side of a €450m grid-connector with the UK will be lodged to An Bord Pleanála this week. The project, known as Greenlink, would connect the Irish and the UK electricity grids via a 190km underwater cable between the Great Island substation in Wexford, close to Waterford harbour, with the UK’s corresponding station at Pembroke, in Wales.
Work is expected to begin next year with a go-live date set for 2023. The project would have a capacity of 500 megawatts, enough to power approximately 380,000 homes. 250 jobs would be created on the Irish side alone during the construction phase.
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