Works to upgrade Dublin’s electricity infrastructure by replacing 50km of ageing cables may impact traffic in the capital city for the next five years, according to power grid operator EirGrid.
The goal is to ensure a consistent and reliable power supply, while also strengthening crucial electricity infrastructure in Dublin and its surrounding areas, which will enable the city to integrate more “renewable” energy sources.
EirGrid has presented 12 options for the project, out of which five will be selected. The company is soliciting public input to determine the best possible routes, with three potential routes outlined for each of the four affected areas.
EirGrid plans to finalise the routes for the infrastructure upgrade project by the end of this year, with work expected to begin in 2024 and continue until 2029. To facilitate public engagement, the company will organise a range of events, including public information sessions, webinars, and drop-in clinics across the city.
This move was previously discussed back in March of this year, with the operator saying then that it would require a “considerable amount of roadworks.” In addition, Eirgrid previously said that the exact amount of traffic disruption would be dependent on which routes were selected.
“The width of the roads selected will determine the need for road closure,” a spokesman reportedly said.
“Depending on location and width, we’ll be looking to lay between nine to 30 metres of cables a day. We’re trying to get a good gauge from communities of what actions may be most disruptive so we can mitigate this where possible.”
EirGrid’s Head of Public Engagement, Sinéad Dooley, has emphasised the importance of collaboration with the public and incorporating local feedback to minimise disruption. Individuals can submit their opinions on the plans until May 23rd via email at [email protected] or the online consultation portal at consult.eirgrid.ie.