EirGrid

East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade

This is a high-capacity grid development project to reinforce the electricity network between east Meath and north Dublin. This project will help meet the growing demand for electricity in the east of the country.

Project Overview

The East Meath-North Dublin Grid upgrade is a high-capacity 400 kV underground electricity cable proposed between Woodland substation, near Batterstown in Co Meath, to Belcamp substation, near Clonshaugh in north Dublin.

This upgrade will strengthen the electricity grid in the east of Meath and the north of Dublin to improve the transfer of power across the existing transmission network.

East Meath-North Dublin project area map

Benefits of the Project

Meeting electricity demand

The project will address the increased electricity demand in east Meath and north Dublin. There is increased electricity demand in these areas is due to economic development and population growth.

Supporting renewable energy

The upgrade will help make the grid more renewable ready, helping to achieve Ireland's climate action targets of 80% of electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.

Further development of renewable energy generation will increase Ireland's energy independence, reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels for electricity generation.

Where Are We Now?

We are currently at Step 4 - Where Exactly Should We Build?

When progressing grid development projects, we follow a six-step approach. It ensures each step is clear and identifiable.

Project Contacts

Project Manager

East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade Manager The Oval 160 Shelbourne Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Email: eastmeathnorthdublin@eirgrid.com Phone: +353 1 23 70472

Community Liaison Officers

Gráinne Duffy: +353 85 887 4798 Eoghan O'Sullivan: +353 87 247 7732

Project Updates

September 2023

EirGrid has identified the Best Performing Option for the East Meath-North Dublin grid upgrade

This will see a high-capacity, 400 kV underground connection built between Woodland substation, near Batterstown in Co Meath, and Belcamp substation, near Clonshaugh in north Dublin.

These works are needed to strengthen the grid in order to cater for increased electricity demand in the region, due to economic development and population growth. It will also assist in reducing the use of, and reliance upon, fossil fuels for power generation.

After the prior announcement of the Emerging Best Performing Option in March of this year, further assessments have taken place, as well as continued engagement with landowners, communities and statutory stakeholders.

The resulting Best Performing Option is the refinement of that chosen route along the project corridor, which crosses the River Tolka, the railway at M3 Parkway, along with the M1, M2 and M3 motorways. The proposed route has an overall length of approximately 38km, with an off-road section of approximately 11 kilometres.

Further details can be found via our updated brochure for East Meath-North Dublin, available in English and as Gaeilge

There is also a full evaluation report outlining developments within the proposed upgrade.

Community Engagement

EirGrid will be hosting interactive events at the below dates to discuss the progress of this project. We will also be hosting a webinar which you can register for below.

  • 21 September, 11am – 7pm: Hollystown Golf Club, Hollystown, Dublin 15, Co Dublin
  • 28 September, 11am – 7pm: St Margaret’s GAA Club, Ballystrahan, St Margaret’s, Co Dublin
  • 5 October, 11am – 7pm:         Dunboyne Main Street, Dunboyne, Co Meath

East Meath-North Dublin Webinar

27 September, 7-8pm

Community Forum

The East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade Community Forum brings together people and organisations from within the study area.

The forum aims to ensure that stakeholders and community views are understood and properly considered as we deliver the project. 

It gives a voice to local communities and those impacted most by our infrastructure. The forum provides for open dialogue between the project team and stakeholders.

The forum offers advice to us on key project developments such as:

  • How we communicate and engage with the public
  • What we need to consider in developing the project
  • How we can deliver meaningful community benefit to the area where our infrastructure is hosted

Dr Harriet Emerson from Adjust is the independent chair of this community forum.

Membership

In July 2022 we held an information evening about the setup and role of the forum and to inform interested stakeholders and community groups about the project. We then opened a public nomination period where community groups were invited to express an interest in joining the forum.

In addition, we invited Fingal County Council and Meath County Council to nominate an elected representative from each county council to the forum.

Membership of this forum has been evolving since its formation. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact your Community Liaison Officers in the area: grainne.duffy@eirgrid.com or eoghan.osullivan@eirgrid.com.

Minutes of the community forum meetings can be found in the Project Documents section below.

Project Links and Documents

Below are documents about the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade. We use a six-step process for developing new projects. These documents are organised based on the step of the project they refer to. 

Step 4 - Where Exactly Should We Build?

Step 4A

Step 4

Step 3 - What’s the Best Option and What Area May Be Affected? 

Step 2 - What Technologies Can Meet Future Needs of the Grid? 

Step 1 - How We Identify the Future Needs of the Electricity Grid 

Community Forum Meetings