Cork Chamber Welcomes Celtic Interconnector announcement for Cork

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February 05, 2018
 Press Release
Cork Chamber Welcomes Celtic Interconnector announcement for Cork
5 February 2018
Cork Chamber today welcomed the announcement of the Celtic Interconnector project for Cork. This collaboration between Eirgrid and French counterpart Réseau de Transport d’Electricité involves the installation of a 600km cable between Ireland and France, which will connect to the grid at Knockraha Substation, East Cork.
Speaking at today’s briefing, Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy said, “We are delighted to welcome the Eirgrid team to Cork Chamber today. This project is significant at the national and regional level providing flexibility, security of supply and opportunity to import and export electricity once completed. Added to this, Ireland will now have a direct energy connection to mainland Europe if the UK leaves the EU.”
“Cork is a net exporter of electricity generation to the national grid and at the forefront of renewable energy generation in the country. The Energy Hub here in Cork supplies over 25% of Ireland’s total energy demands, and is home to 20% of Ireland’s electricity generating capacity. Cork is also a growing hub of economic activity, and with this we can expect an increase in demand for a flexible, secure and resilient electricity supply. The potential of this link is enormous for the region and we are delighted to see progress being made” Mr. Healy concluded.