High-voltage cables are to be laid underwater across the Shannon Estuary as part of Eirgrid’s new plan to boost electricity supplies without more pylons.
Technology never before seen in Ireland, and in limited use internationally, will see 400kV cables laid between Moneypoint in Clare and Kilpaddoge in Kerry.
Details emerged as Eirgrid announced it was abandoning controversial plans for extensive new networks of pylons from Cork to Kildare.
The company will instead boost capacity at existing stations and substations across the South and South-East, adding conductors that will enable the pylons already in place to transmit more electricity.
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