Eirgrid Outline Preferred Route in Grid Upgrade

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28 February 2024

Dublin’s electricity infrastructure is ageing and reaching its end of life. Work must be done to transform and modernise the city’s electricity infrastructure, so Dublin can continue to develop and thrive, while increasingly using power from renewable sources. Eirgrid are installing over 50km of cables across the city. Upgrades will also take place in a number of substations to support Dublin’s electricity network. These new cables will all be underground, and they will connect electricity substations located around Dublin. Dublin Chamber has been an active partner in the consultation phase of this project and has made written submissions to Eirgrid on ensuring that the less invasive options are chosen for these works.

The project plans new underground cable routes that will link the following electricity substations to each other:

  • North Wall and Poolbeg
  • Finglas and North Wall
  • Carrickmines and Poolbeg
  • Two cables linking Inchicore and Poolbeg

A preferred route has been identified in all the above with the exception of the Inchicore and Poolbeg route. This route will traverse through high density housing and business areas and in the opinion of Eirgrid will need further consultation with stakeholders such as Dublin Chamber. Powering Up Dublin will enable the city's grid to use the electricity generated from offshore wind energy to the heart of the city. This is a vital step towards transitioning Ireland to a low carbon electricity future.  Dublin Chamber as members of Eirgrid’s Business Forum will continue to advocate for members and ensure that this project is not necessarily delayed while ensuring that the routes chosen are the best for business.

Further detailed information on the preferred routes and the project as a whole can be found here.

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