27th March 2015
ICSA rural development chairman Billy Gray has reiterated the association’s view that power lines for EirGrid’s proposed North South, Grid Link and Grid West projects must go underground.
“We do not accept EirGrid’s position on the North South project,” said Mr. Gray. “If undergrounding can be considered for Grid Link and Grid West, then it should also be an option for the North South interconnector. Farmers are adamant that new power lines should not and need not be overhead.”
“There are many advantages to undergrounding of power lines, including lower transmission losses, lower maintenance costs and less risk of weather damage. They also require narrower bands of land for installation and result in fewer accidents such as live wire contact injuries. ICSA is calling on EirGrid to reverse its position on the North South project and to actively consider underground options for all future expansion projects.”