The Greenlink project has required onshore and offshore planning consents in both Ireland and Wales.
Great Island has been identified as the appropriate location for the connection of the Greenlink interconnector to the existing EirGrid infrastructure. This followed a review of existing grid infrastructure and connection options. Studies are being commenced with EirGrid to confirm the final design, and the connection process is under discussion with EirGrid and the CRU.
In Ireland, Greenlink will consist of a converter station sited close to the existing Great Island substation and underground cabling, which will predominantly be routed within the local road network.
Various detailed technical and environmental surveys have been carried out during the development process to ensure that the final design fully incorporates the challenges and opportunities of the local environment.
Technical and environmental studies have included:
construction and access studies;
landscape and visual impact assessments;
traffic and transport assessments;
cultural heritage assessments;
and site hydrology assessments.
The developer of the Greenlink project strongly believes that a proactive and constructive dialogue with stakeholders throughout the development programme resulted in a high quality application and project design.
Construction of Greenlink is expected to lead to significant expenditure in Ireland. We are committed to maximising the use of locally-based contractors and personnel during the construction and operational phases of the project and are always keen to hear of local businesses that could benefit. In November 2021 we held a well-attended Meet the Buyer event in Wexford. If you are a local supplier who has goods and services you think might be of interest, please visit the Suppliers and Procurement page and submit your details.
Full details of the proposals for the onshore converter station and the onshore and offshore cable routes, along with the technical and environmental assessments, can be found in the public consultation Information Brochure. You can view all planning documents on our Planning page.
In August 2022 we issued a community newsletter in Ireland with an update on progress of the project. You can download and read it here.