Carson McDowell instrumental in the North-South electricity interconnector deal

23 January 2018

Practice Area: Planning Law

Gary McGhee, Partner and Head of the Planning and Environmental Law Team at Carson McDowell LLP strongly welcomes the decision of the Department for Infrastructure to grant planning permission for the Northern Ireland element of the North – South electricity interconnector.

Carson McDowell LLP were retained by SONI to co-ordinate this major planning application for a 34 km project consisting of 104 new electricity pylons and a major new substation connecting the electricity grids of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is the largest energy infrastructure project in Northern Ireland. In addition to advising on the planning and environmental law issues surrounding the planning application, Carson McDowell LLP was instructed to represent SONI at the major planning inquiry which took place in Armagh in February 2017. The interconnector is of huge importance to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as it will deliver enhanced levels of electricity security of supply, facilitate major renewable energy projects and exert downward pressure on electricity prices.