Developer of 500-MW Greenlink interconnector lodges planning applications

Brechfa Forest West wind farm. Source: Innogy (www.innogy.com).

November 12 (Renewables Now) - Greenlink Interconnector Ltd, the developer of a 500-MW interconnector between Wales and Ireland, has submitted planning applications for the project’s marine components on both sides of the Irish Sea.

This move marks the start of the consenting process for the Greenlink project, the developer said in a statement, pointing out that it will file separate applications for onshore works.

In Ireland, where the subsea cable will come ashore under the beach at Baginbun Beach in County Wexford, the company lodged a Foreshore Licence application to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)’s Foreshore Unit.

In Wales, where the subsea cable will come ashore under the beach and dunes at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Greenlink submitted a Marine Licence to Natural Resources Wales. The project company has already entered into an agreement to connect the cable to the grid in both Ireland and Wales, with EirGrid Plc and National Grid Plc (LON:NG), respectively.

Stakeholders are being encouraged to comment on the applications by January 8, 2020. If approved, the project will be executed over a three-year period, with commissioning scheduled for 2023.

The project company is owned by Ireland’s Element Power Holdings, part of Hudson Sustainable Investments, and Partners Group, which made its investment in March.

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