Massive national power line to end near Kilcullen

There will be no electricity power plant built at Dunstown, near Kilcullen, which is the proposed end point of a massive 250 kilometre overhead cable that Eirgrid plans to build.

There will be no electricity power plant built at Dunstown, near Kilcullen, which is the proposed end point of a massive 250 kilometre overhead cable that Eirgrid plans to build.

The power feeding the line will come from other points along the route, a spokesperson for Eirgrid explained.

The cable will go from Knockraha, near Middleton in Cork and end in Kildare. There is, Eirgrid say, a shortfall in the capacity of the system in the south and south east of the country.

The €500 million project is intended to upgrade the electricity grid and will, experts say, lead to greater development in those parts of the country is serves.

But apart from knowing where the cable starts and where it ends it’s not known route it will take.

And with that in mind Eirgrid has begun a consultation period in advance of deciding where cable will go.

Public consultation started last Thursday, April 12 and will run until early June.

At the moment, the design team say they want to identify constraints, such as protected areas, in the landscape that might make an area unsuitable for the project.

Once constraints are mapped, potential corridors will be identified and then assessed to determine which is the least constrained.

And they have asked that people who may be aware of any locally or regionally important features that should be considered as the project develops get in touch.

“Constraints can be anything from natural features in the landscape to cultural or archaeological structures,” they explained.

“They are mapped in the study area and taken into account when corridors are identified.”

There will be an open day on May 10 at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas.

Several information offices will open, including in Carlow, from this week onwards. And a lo-call information line, 1890-422 122, is operated during office hours.

The public may also email the project to gridlink@eirgrid.com

See page 15 of this week’s Leinster Leader for more details.