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Still questions surrounding final cost of North-South Interconnector says local anti-pylon campaigner

Jul 16, 2020 07:44 By News Northern Sound
Still questions surrounding final cost of North-South Interconnector says local anti-pylon campaigner
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A local anti-pylon campaigner says there are still questions surrounding the final cost of the North-South Interconnector. When asked in the Dáil

A local anti-pylon campaigner says there are still questions surrounding the final cost of the North-South Interconnector.

When asked in the Dáil yesterday, Communications Minister Eamon Ryan estimated it would be €230 million.

However, Eirgrid says the full project on both sides of the border will cost €286 million.

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The cost of the project has been in the spotlight recently, with Eirgrid issuing a statement to Northern Sound News earlier this month to dismiss claims by the North East Pylon Pressure group of a difference in the cost per kilometre north and south of the border.

The energy operator said the calculations didn't account for the construction of a substation in Tyrone which has an unknown cost of "tens of millions of euro".

Speaking to Northern Sound News, Nigel Hillis from the Monaghan Anti-Pylon Committee said there's a wide variance in the claimed cost of the programme and people want answers:

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