Pylon plan in jeopardy over EirGrid concerns about size: Irish Independent, 27 October 2015

A controversial pylon project for the west may be shelved amid concerns that a windfarm proposed by the ESB and Bord na Mona may not be large enough to justify the works.

It is understood that national grid operator EirGrid has written to the companies seeking clarification around the size of the Oweninny wind farm, planned for Bellacorick in Co Mayo, which is currently in planning.

The companies have sought permission for a 112-turbine farm, which would require the transmission system to undergo a substantial upgrade at a projected cost of €200m if the 100km line is erected on pylons, and up to €500m if undergrounded.

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