|Passes through||Celtic Sea|
|To||La Martyre, France|
|Type of current||HVDC|
|Total length||575 km (357 mi)|
|Power rating||700 MW|
|DC voltage||± 320 kV|
When built, it will be the first interconnector between the two countries.
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Project step six, construction and energisation, is scheduled to take place from 2022 to 2026.
As of November 2022, the interconnecor was "due to be completed and operational by 2026".
The project is a cooperation between the Irish transmission system operator (TSO) EirGrid and French TSO Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) for the purpose of improving security of supply, reducing consumer electricity costs and supporting the development of renewable energy.
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The interconnector is expected to cost €1.6B.
According to the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, "The Celtic Interconnector will bring tangible benefits to the citizens of both France and Ireland by promoting the use of renewable energy, bringing down electricity prices, and helping ensure security of energy supply."
In July 2016, after completion of a feasibility study the two countries agreed to proceed with a two-year planning phase. This included an economic assessment, environmental considerations and will determine the placement of the cable and onshore stations, while a decision initially due on the project is foreseen for 2020 or 2021. n May 2018, the project was granted a foreshore license to begin marine surveys for the potential landing sites at Ballinwilling, Claycastle and Redbarn beaches, County Cork.
Three potential landing sites on the Cork coast were identified and six locations (Ballyadam, Leamlara, Knockraha, Pigeon Hill, Kilquane and Ballyvatta) were under consideration for the HVDC converter station.
In August 2021, the project was at step five in the planning process and was expected to continue until 2022.
In May 2022, An Bord Pleanala granted permission for the onshore portion of the €1bn project while in August 2022, the Department for Housing Local Government and Heritage granted the project a foreshore licence, an important permit for the undersea work involved.
In November 2022, final construction and finance agreements were signed off by the Irish and French governments at the Irish embassy in Paris.
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Source: "Celtic Interconnector", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Interconnector.
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