Ireland cross border interconnectors opened

4 October 2004 - An all-Ireland electricity network has taken a major step forward with the official opening of three cross-border interconnectors linking systems North and South.

Northern Ireland Electricity and its southern counterpart ESB have made an investment of €19.6mn($24.3m), including €6.5m of European Regional Development Fund support, in the interconnectors which will increase security of power for people throughout Ireland and facilitate greater competition in the electricity industry.

The two electricity systems are linked by interconnectors at three points: between Tandragee and Louth, Letterkenny and Strabane and Enniskillen and Corraclassy.

The main connection at Louth has the capacity to provide enough electricity to power several major towns.

An interconnector between Tandragee and Louth was first commissioned in 1970 but blown up by the IRA five years later. It remained out of action until the mid 1990s and in the past year has undergone a major capacity upgrade.

The interconnectors enable trade in electricity between Northern Ireland and the Republic and, through the Moyle Interconnector linking Northern Ireland to Scotland, with regions throughout Britain.

Patrick Haren, chief executive of NIE's parent company Viridian, said at a ceremony in Louth that over recent years his company had spent €400m preparing for a competitive Irish market by investing in the interconnectors, the link to Scotland and a power station at Huntstown near Dublin.

"Further competition on an all-Ireland basis will be facilitated by interconnection and will bring benefit to customers North and South," he said.

ESB chairman Tadhg O'Donaghue said: "The wider interconnector strategy is laying the foundation for a modern, competitive all- Ireland electricity market offering enhanced competition and security of supply.

Separately, the £150m ($269.6m) Moyle Interconnector, which was officially opened today by Prince Andrew, ends the isolation of the Northern Ireland grid from the British electricity network.

The undersea link from Scotland has the capacity of a medium- sized power station, and it came into operation at the start of this year.

NIE said the inauguration of the interconnector was a watershed moment for the local economy.

Dr Patrick Haren, chief executive of NIE's parent company, Viridian Group, said the EU-backed project had been completed within budget and on time.

He said: "This interconnector links Northern Ireland to the electricity grid in Britain and, for the first time, brings real competition to the electricity generation market in Northern Ireland.

"Already local industry is reaping the benefits: Northern Ireland's largest businesses now have the opportunity to seek competitive deals from a range of supply companies for electricity imported across the interconnector."

It is understood that some local firms have achieved savings of around 10% on their annual electricity bill by shopping around for the best price.

The 500 MW seabed cable runs for 35 miles from Auchencrosh in Ayrshire to Ballycronan More in Islandmagee.

Construction began in May last year and the link became operational in December.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

Energy-Pipeline Operator Upgrades to Open-Architecture Reciprocating Engines Control

Electricity and natural-gas delivery company CenterPoint Energy – Mississippi River Transmission LLC (CNP-MRT) owns and operates 8,200 miles of transmission pipeline that carried 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas throughout a nine-state, mid-continent region during 2012.

Arizona Public Service APS Cholla coal-fired power plant Environmental Protection Agency EPA Four Corners Ocotillo New Mexico

APS proposes closing three coal-fired units by 2020

Arizona Public Service said it would close a coal-fired unit and shut down two others by mid-2020 as part of a compromise with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

West Virginia PSC approves base rate hike for Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power

The West Virginia Public Service Commission on May 26 authorized the Appalachian Power Co. (A...

NRC staff official delegated to approve Watts Bar 2 operating license

Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have voted to delegate authority to the di...

Duke Energy receives approval to build 5MW solar power plant in Orlando

Duke Energy Florida (NYSE: DUK) received approval to build, own and operate a 5-MW solar faci...

SunEdison: Utah's largest solar facility now operational

SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) announced the completion of the 3.8 MW South Milford solar facility in...

Texas groups petition feds over alleged coal exemptions

Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fi...

Westar plans to buy wind power from new plant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Westar Energy says it plans to buy energy from a new wind farm to be buil...

Terrestrial Energy to advance molten salt reactor design

Terrestrial Energy Inc. is teaming with the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Man...

Austria will sue over nuclear power subsidies

Austria said it will sue to block any subsidized nuclear power plants in Europe in an attempt...

Power Engineering Current Issue

Volume 118, Issue 3
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Pipeline Repair and Rehabilitation

Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Pipe Rehabilitation System is a...


Braden's retrofit strengths are divided into tw...
Power Industry Wire News

EVTN Announces Voraxial(R) Shipment for Oil Spill Response

EVTN Announces Voraxial(R) Shipment for Oil Spill Response

White Paper Establishes California's National Leadership in E85 Fuel Market

White Paper Establishes California's National Leadership in E85 Fuel Market

Ready for Summer Heat

Ready for Summer Heat

Blue Earth Announces Formation of E2B Growth, Inc. as a YieldCo Vehicle

Blue Earth Announces Formation of E2B Growth, Inc. as a YieldCo Vehicle

Ardagh Group, Glass - North America Awarded Six ENERGY STAR(R) Plant Certifications

Ardagh Group, Glass - North America Awarded Six ENERGY STAR(R) Plant Certifications

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>