It’s a go for EirGrid North Kerry grid upgrade

The EirGrid North Kerry project will see the grid in the south-west
reinforced with a new electricity station and electricity lines, providing security of supply and
assisting in exporting renewable energy generated in the area. 

An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission for the proposed development which
consists of a new electricity substation to the east of Listowel in the vicinity of Duagh and will
connect into the existing 220 kV transmission line which runs from Tarbert to Clashavoon in Co.
Cork. It will also connect into the existing 110kV transmission lines which run from Tarbert to
Trien in Co. Kerry and from Trien to Dromada in Co. Limerick.

In addition, as part of this North Kerry Project, a new 110 kV circuit will be developed comprising
of 4.8 km of overhead line and 8.7 km of underground cable which will connect the permitted
windfarm at Cloghboola, near Knocknagashel.

The North Kerry project forms part of EirGrid’s strategy for the reinforcement and development of
the grid infrastructure in the South-West, as detailed in its Grid25 strategy.

Welcoming the decision of An Bord Pleanála, Brendan Murray, EirGrid regional manager said,
“We are delighted with the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for this vital
development. EirGrid has consulted extensively with the local community and other interested
parties over the past number of years. This reinforcement to the electricity grid in the south west
will allow the region to utilise its abundant renewable energy resources and also increase
security of electricity supply for the entire County of Kerry”.

Construction of the development is expected to commence early in 2013.