Dublin, 23 June
The Independent Expert Panel (the Panel) welcomes the announcement by EirGrid
of an underground route option for the Grid West project.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Panel wrote to EirGrid on 7
May 2014 requesting EirGrid to undertake comprehensive, route specific
studies/reports of fully undergrounded and overhead options for each of the Grid
West and Grid Link projects, including assessments of potential environmental
impacts, technical efficacy and cost factors.
The Panel understands that EirGrid will now conduct public consultation on
this underground route for Grid West, following which both the underground and
overhead route options will be presented to the Panel so that it can review the
options side by side, as per the Terms of Reference.
The Independent Expert Panel
23 June 2014