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Conductor will cut cost of upgrading grid work

  • 28-12-2009 12:43pm
    Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭

    Installation of new technology which will cut the cost of upgrading a large part of the national grid will begin next year, EirGrid claimed yesterday.
    The operator said the cost of upgrading a significant part of Ireland's "motorways for power" is set to fall due to the introduction of a new type of conductor.
    The technology will also help speed up the upgrade of the power grid, which Eirgrid said is urgently needed to link up more renewable energy, to provide reliable power which will attract investment and jobs, and to provide essential services in all regions.

    "Without this new technology, uprating a line would mean replacing the existing conductor with a larger and heavier one frequently necessitating rebuilding many of the support structures," Eirgrid said.
    "The significance of the new conductor is that, for the same weight and size as the old conductor, it can carry much higher power."
    Ireland is one of the first European countries to use this new power-line technology, which utilises temperature-resistant aluminium and steel to carry more power.
    The new technology was identified by EirGrid and following a competitive tender process, the installation will start next year.
    - Pat Boyle
    Irish Independent