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Public consultations to be held in Wales to discuss the MaresConnect electricity interconnector

North Wales, 13 February 2024


Public consultations to discuss MaresConnect, the proposed 750MW electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales, have been announced by the developer MaresConnect Limited.


Tom Brinicombe, Planning and Permitting Manager for MaresConnect commented: “We are pleased to announce a series of public consultation events designed to introduce and discuss the project with local communities and stakeholders.


“MaresConnect is intended to create a link between the Irish and British electricity transmission networks, enabling electricity to flow in both directions between Ireland and Wales. It will play an important role in: increasing energy security; facilitating the integration of renewable energy within the transmission network; and supporting downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices. While these events are the first public consultation events, the team will be available to discuss MaresConnect throughout the development process, so we encourage residents who are unable to attend the events, or wish to discuss the project with us, to contact us via info@maresconnect.ie.”


MaresConnect is currently in its early stages of development and is proposed to include a converter station near the existing Bodelwyddan substation in Denbighshire, as well as underground cabling installed within the local road network and agricultural land from the coast.


Recognising the importance of local input, MaresConnect is committed to engaging with the community throughout the development process. Comprehensive technical and environmental surveys will be conducted to address local challenges and opportunities, to ensure that the final design aligns with the characteristics of the surrounding environment.


Members of the MaresConnect project team will be present at the following events to introduce the project, share plans, and gather valuable feedback from the community:


Llanddulas Village Hall, LL22 8FH

Date: Monday, 19 February

Time: 14:00 to 18:30


Colwyn Bay Library Foyer, LL29 7DH

Date: Tuesday, 20 February

Time: 14:00 to 18:30


Neuadd Owen Hall, Cefn, LL17 0EY

Date: Wednesday, 21 February

Time: 14:00 to 18:30


St Asaph Parish Church / Community Hub, LL17 0RG

Date: Thursday, 22 February

Time: 14:00 to 18:30


Bodelwyddan Community Centre, LL18 5TE

Date: Monday, 26 February

Time: 14:00 to 18:30


For additional information about MaresConnect, please visit the official project website at www.maresconnect.ie.


Feedback from the local community and stakeholders will play a key role in shaping the development of MaresConnect, and the project team looks forward to building strong, collaborative relationships with all parties involved.


MaresConnect is being developed by MaresConnect Limited, owned by Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners (FEIP) and Etchea Energy Nominees Limited (EENL).



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