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.
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.
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.
Community Liaison Officers
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 4 Emerging Best Performing Option Engagement Report
- Interactive Emerging Best Performing Route Option Map
- East Meath- North Dublin Grid upgrade updated brochure (English)
- An Mhí Thoir-Baíle Átha Cliath Thuaidh Uasghrádú Eangaí - Céim 4 Nuashonrú (Gaeilge)
- Step 4 consultation and engagement report
- Step 4A Report
- Step 4A Non-Technical Summary - Anlysis of Route Options
- EMF Information Brochure: The electricity grid and your health
- East Meath - North Dublin Step 4 Consultation Brochure
- Uasghrádú Eangach na Mí Thoir-Bhaile Átha Cliath Thuaidh - Céim 4 Comhairliúchán
- All Routes Interactive Map
- East Meath - North Dublin Step 4 graphic animation video
- Installation of Underground Cables - video
- East Meath-North Dublin Public Information Webinar - June 2022
- East Meath-North Dublin Community Forum Information Webinar – July 2022
- East Meath-North Dublin Consultation - Launch PPT presentation
- East Meath - North Dublin Constraints Report
Step 3 - What’s the Best Option and What Area May Be Affected?
- East Meath-North Dublin Step 3 Update Brochure
- East Meath-North Dublin Study Area Interactive Map
- Uasghrádú Eangach na Mí Thoir-Bhaile Átha Cliath Thuaidh Tionscadal - Céim 3 Bróisiúr um Nuashonrú
- CP1021 Project Overview Report
- CP1021 Cable Feasibility Report
- CP1021 OHL Feasibility Report
- CP1021 Environmental Constraints Report
- CP1021 Finglas 400 kV Connection Substation Feasibility Report
- CP1021 Woodland 400 kV Connection Substation Feasibility Report
- CP1021 Belcamp 400 kV Connection Substation Feasibility Report
- Step 3 Report