France – Irlande – Jeudi 29/06/2017 –  EirGrid and RTE secure €4 million funding for next phase of Ireland France Electricity Interconnector.

EirGrid and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE) welcome the signature today of funding of €4 million by the European Commission for the Celtic Interconnector project.

This grant will contribute to the current phase of the project which comprises an in-depth economic assessment of the project, technical and environmental studies and pre-consultation in preparation for permit granting procedures in France and Ireland.

This project involves the development of a € 1bn potential electrical connection between Ireland and France, utilising subsea cables, with the capacity of approximately 700 megawatts (MW).

It would improve security of electricity supply in Ireland and France by providing a reliable high- capacity link between the two countries, increase competition in the all-island Single Electricity Market, and support the development of renewable energy, particularly in Ireland.

For Ireland, the importance of a direct link to the mainland European electricity grid, via France, has clearly grown in the context of Brexit. The project would reduce Ireland’s reliance, in terms of energy, on the United Kingdom and provide Ireland’s only energy connection to an EU Member State following the Brexit process.

The investment being signed today was secured under the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The CEF supports Projects of Common Interest (PCI) that are recognised as essential for completing the European internal energy market and for reaching the the EU’s energy policy objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy. 

If constructed, the interconnector would put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices and improve the security of electricity supply in Ireland and France.

The connection would contribute to the EU’s clean energy transition by allowing increased development of renewable energy.

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Photo From left to right: RTE Chairman François Brottes, INEA Director Dirk Beckers,Director-General of DG ENER Dominique Ristori,  and EirGrid Chief Executive Fintan Slye

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is the successor of the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), which was created by the European Commission in 2006 to manage the technical and financial implementation of its TEN-T programme.

INEA officially started its activities on 1 January 2014 in order to implement the following EU programmes:

  • Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
  • Parts of Horizon 2020 – Smart, green and integrated transport + Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Legacy programmes: TEN-T and Marco Polo 2007-2013

INEA’s main objective is to increase the efficiency of the technical and financial management of the programmes it manages.