Work on Welsh-Irish interconnection looks set for 2009

3 October 2008 – Construction work on a subsea electricity power line connecting North Wales and the Republic of Ireland is expected to start next year if it wins planning approval reports the Liverpool Daily Post.

The East West Interconnector is being developed by EirGrid, the Irish independent electricity transmission system operator.

High voltage electricity cables will be laid across the Irish Sea from Prestatyn to the north of Dublin.

The cables will enable two-way transmission of electricity, aimed at protecting supplies to both countries when they start operation by 2012.

John Fitzgerald, project director said: “The interconnector is a major engineering project that will bring benefits to both countries when it is completed.”