Plans submitted for construction of 500MW Greenlink interconnector

WCN Editorial Team 14 Nov 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Greenlink Interconnector Limited, the developer of the 500MW interconnector between the UK and Ireland, has submitted planning applications for the subsea interconnector on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Being built with an investment of €400m ($440.8m), the Greenlink Interconnector project involves the construction of subsea and underground interconnector cables as well as associated converter stations, to link the existing electricity grids in Ireland and Great Britain.

Greenlink Interconnector Limited is jointly owned by Element Power, a part of Hudson Sustainable Investments, and Partners Group on behalf of its clients.

The Greenlink interconnector aims to provide a new grid connection between EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford (Ireland) and National Grid’s Pembroke substation in Pembrokeshire (Wales).

The work will enable power trade between the two Europe countries, depending on supply and demand in each country.

In Ireland, Greenlink Interconnector Limited has submitted planning applications for the project’s marine components to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)’s Foreshore Unit.

In Wales, the developer has submitted the Marine Licence application to Natural Resources Wales.

Greenlink Interconnector Limited plans to undertake separate applications and consultation processes for the onshore works for the project in County Wexford and Pembrokeshire, where the cables come ashore.
Subject to approvals, the project scheduled for completion in 2023.

The project, which is expected to enhance the security of supply for electricity consumers, has potential to power about 380,000 homes.

Greenlink Interconnector Limited project director Angus Norman said: “This is a major milestone for the development of the project, marking the start of the consenting process.

“It represents the culmination of a considerable amount of technical, environmental and commercial analysis to design a project of the highest quality with valuable input from a range of stakeholders.

“Along with the recent signing of our grid connection agreement with EirGrid – another significant milestone – the Greenlink project is on a clear pathway towards the start of construction.”

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Image: The Greenlink Interconnector project will connect the power grids of Ireland and the UK. Photo: courtesy of Pexels from Pixabay.

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