By connecting the electricity generated by the region’s huge renewable energy resources,
the Grid West project will facilitate significant job creation and investment as well as contributing to national recovery and growth, Eirgrid said.
A new high capacity power line linking Bellacorick in County Mayo will be connected to a strong point on the transmission grid. Based on the region’s huge renewable potential it is envisaged that, in time, the project will involve two high capacity power lines from Bellacorick, County Mayo, to both Cashla in County Galway and Flagford in County Roscommon.
Speaking at the launch, Dermot Byrne, EirGrid Chief Executive, referred to Grid25 – EirGrid’s plan to develop and upgrade the electricity transmission network from now until 2025. “This major initiative will put in place a safe, secure and affordable electricity supply throughout Ireland. It is a major undertaking which will take several years and represents an investment of E3.2 billion. The Grid West project is the one of the largest single Grid25 projects and the most significant in the west, initially accounting for E240m of the investment earmarked for the region”.