A major upgrade of the Dublin electricity grid is expected to cause a considerable amount of roadworks over a number of years.
EirGrid is planning the works that involve the installation of up to 50 kilometres of new underground electricity cables across the capital. Some cables are up to 50 years old and need to be replaced while new lines are also needed to reinforce the network.
Construction on the project is expected to get underway in 2024, that will also involve new substations and upgrades to some older facilities.
Technical studies have identified that cables linking substations at North Wall and Poolbeg; Finglas and North Wall; Poolbeg and Carrickmines; and two cables linking Inchicore and Poolbeg need to be replaced. A new connection linking Carrickmines and Inchicore is also required.
For the next two years EirGrid will carry out public engagement and consultation as it works on feasibility studies, concept designs and planning for the project.
Mark Foley, EirGrid chief executive, said: "EirGrid needs to meet the growing and changing electricity needs of Dublin. This includes the electrification of transport systems, vehicles, heating and the development of housing, offices, and large energy users."
He says they also need to accommodate new and clean sources of electricity, such as wind, to help Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon future.
Mr Foley went on to say they're now looking at their options what areas may be impacted; "We know that there will be a considerable amount of roadworks needed to complete the works. We also understand that electricity infrastructure projects like these affect local residents and businesses."
To help minimise disruption the company is coordinating with a number of organisations, including ESB Networks, Gas Networks Ireland, Irish Water and Dublin Bus. This is taking place through the newly established Dublin Infrastructure Forum, which is meeting this week.