A major electricity link-up between Ireland and Wales, which will bring power to an estimated 300,000 homes, has been approved by planning officials.
The 500MW East-West Interconnector was given the green light by Ireland’s planning agency, granting energy firm EirGrid the go-ahead for the 600M euro (£532M) project, with developers indicating the scheme should create around 100 jobs.
The 260km underwater cable, which will be manufactured by Swedish engineering firm ABB, will run from Rush, in north Dublin, to Barkby beach in north Wales, with completion expected in 2012.
Irish energy minister Eamon Ryan said the vital two-way link would bolster electricity supply and speed up the development of renewable energy.
“It will mean we can import electricity when required from the UK market. More importantly, it will mean we can export our electricity to the UK. When the wind is blowing in Ireland, we can sell this power to our neighbours,” he said.