10.3.1 The National Transmission/Distribution Network

Closed22 Dec, 2020, 9:00am - 12 Mar, 2021, 5:00pm
​​​​​​10.3.1 The National Transmission/Distribution network

The existing transmission network in County Kilkenny comprises mostly 110 kilovolt (kV) circuits and one 220 kV circuit in the south of the county.  There is one transmission substation within the County at Clara near Kilkenny City, which is served by two 110 kV overhead lines.  The Council recognises the need to increase electrical infrastructure capacity and security. 

Strategy 2020-2025[1] is the national programme being rolled out by Eirgrid, the state-owned independent transmission operator.  Two projects are being developed by Eirgrid, in or affecting Kilkenny as follows;

  • the Laois–Kilkenny Reinforcement Project to increase the quality and security of supply to an area which includes Counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Laois, including;
    •  A new 400/110 kV substation situated to the south east of Portlaoise, at Coolnabacky. Two existing overhead lines will connect to this new substation. These are the 400 kV Moneypoint-Dunstown line and the 110 kV Athy-Portlaoise line.
    • A new substation to be located next to the existing 38 kV electricity substation at Ballyragget, County Kilkenny.
    • A new 110 kV line between these two new stations.
    • An upgrade to the existing Ballyragget - Kilkenny overhead line to a 110-kV standard.

Other new projects may arise also to facilitate electricity demand growth and the connection of new electricity generation projects.

The Council will support the development of a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity and to support and facilitate the development of enhanced electricity networks and facilitate new transmission infrastructure projects that might be brought forward in the lifetime of this plan