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Work on €1.6bn electricity interconnector between Ireland and France to begin ‘very, very shortly’

Updated: Apr 24

24 April 2023

Construction work on the €1.6 billion electricity interconnector between Ireland and France is expected to commence within months and will help deliver greater energy security and lower prices to Irish consumers, EirGrid CEO Mark Foley has said.

Mr Foley said he expected construction to start “very, very shortly” on the 575km Celtic Interconnector which, coming ashore at Youghal in east Cork, will link Ireland with Brittany and allow Irish electricity producers to sell into the French market and buy from French suppliers.

“The Celtic Interconnector is the signature project in the Irish State in this decade and is a flagship project in terms of European connectivity and we will be breaking ground in the project very, very shortly and we are on track to have it producing electricity by 2026,” he said.

Speaking in Cork at the official opening of Eirgrid’s first office outside of Dublin, Mr Foley said the Celtic Interconnector was hugely important as it will help increase energy security in line with European Union policy of increasing interconnectivity across Europe.

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