EirGrid outlines details of proposed new power line

A network planner with the State-owned electric power transmission operator EirGrid says a new power line from Moy, near Ballina, to Tonroe, near Ballaghaderreen, will have benefits for the Sligo and Donegal areas.

That’s despite a proposed line from Moy to Srananagh in Sligo not now going ahead after consultation.

Construction of the line from Moy to Tonroe is not expected to be completed until the middle of 2023.

Details of the project were outlined to councillors from the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/West Sligo Municipal District at their meeting this week.

Council Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes says renewable electricity generation is going to be important into the future because fossil fuels will be phased out.

He described projects such as the North Connacht 110kv Project as ‘key infrastructure.’

Daniel Schweer, network planner with EirGrid, told Ocean FM News of how the project will take power from wind generation in West Sligo: