26 November 2018
Exhibitions will take place in Pembrokeshire, Wales, week commencing 3rd December
These kick off the second round of public consultation on the Greenlink Interconnector
Further exhibitions will take place in Co. Wexford, Ireland, in December.
As part of the continuing public consultation on the proposed Greenlink Interconnector, which will connect the electricity grids of Great Britain and Ireland, details have been announced for the second round of public exhibitions in Wales next week (3rd December).
Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The £350m privately-financed project is being developed by Greenlink Interconnector Limited and is planned for commissioning in 2023.
Details of the exhibitions are as follows:
Pembroke Dock: 3rd December: 2pm to 6.30pm - Pater Hall, Dimond Street, Pembroke Dock SA72 6DD
Angle: 4th December: 2pm to 8pm - Angle Village Hall, Angle, Pembroke SA71 5AS
Hundleton: 5th December: 2pm to 8pm - Sports Pavilion, Hundleton, Pembroke
In Pembrokeshire the interconnector will consist of a subsea cable intended to come ashore under the beach and dunes at Freshwater West and then continuing underground to a converter station located near to the existing Pembroke substation. Several underground cable routes have been assessed along with three potential converter station sites.
Speaking about the upcoming consultation events, Simon Ludlam, Project Director, said;
“This second round of exhibitions will provide an update for local residents and other stakeholders on the project proposal, including details of the environmental, technical and geophysical surveys currently underway. We have been pleased with the constructive responses received so far, which have allowed us to refine the project proposal, and we are keen to seek further feedback on the various options now presented - particularly on the location of the converter station and the cable routes.
We would also like to hear from local businesses that wish to be involved in the project - from civil engineering firms to local bed and breakfasts. Greenlink has the potential to bring significant regional investment and we want to optimise the economic benefits for the area.”
The details of further exhibitions to be held in Ireland will be announced shortly.
CONTACTS FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Anna Stanford, Communications Consultant: M: +44 7961 234634 Anna.Stanford@elpower.com
Tom Brinicombe, Planning & Permitting Consultant for Greenlink in Wales: +44 07814 169380 Tom.Brinicombe@elpower.com
Notes to Editors:
Greenlink is a proposed 500MW, subsea and underground cable interconnector (with associated converter stations) between the existing electricity grids in Ireland and the UK, operated respectively by EirGrid and National Grid Electricity Transmission. The project will link the Great Island transmission substation in County Wexford (Ireland) and Pembroke transmission substation in Pembrokeshire (Wales). More details on this website.
Constructing and commissioning an interconnector requires the completion of a thorough programme of environmental and technical assessment to ensure that the final interconnector design fully considers the environment in which it is built. Following public consultation and environmental impact assessment, a planning application is scheduled to be submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council in March 2019, with construction due to commence in 2020. The project is due to be commissioned in 2023.