Work Restarts on the Laois Kilkenny Electricity Transmission Project

08 June 2018

Work will restart next week on a major EirGrid electricity transmission project aimed at upgrading the electricity network across the midlands.

ESB Networks will begin preliminary site works for a new 400 kV substation at Coolnabacky south-east of Portlaoise in advance of the construction work which will start at the end of the year. The substation is part of the Laois Kilkenny Project that will enhance the quality and security of electricity supply in Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare.

There are a number of elements to the scheme, including construction of a new substation at Ballyragget, County Kilkenny; a new 110 kV line between the two substations; and an upgrade to the existing Ballyragget - Kilkenny line. These works will begin later in the year.

David Martin, EirGrid spokesperson, said: “This scheme represents a major upgrade of the electricity system in the Midlands. It will also provide the capacity and security of supply required by customers and high-tech users.”

The scheme represents an investment of €110 million into the region and construction is expected to take three years to complete.

Planning conditions for these construction works have been discharged. EirGrid and ESB Networks will continue to work with the local community and landowners to address any issues in relation to the works.

For Media queries, please contact:

David Martin, EirGrid,, 085 6030969


Kieran O’Neill, ESB Networks,, 087 9349200