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Electricity connector: councillors are to be briefed

By Rachel Martin

Northern Ireland's electricity operator SONI is set to brief Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council on plans for the long-awaited proposals for the north-south electricity interconnector.

The planning application for the £204m interconnector project has been referred to a Planning Appeals Commission Public Inquiry, so will not be approved by the Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council.

Given that the majority of the transmission line is proposed within the council area, tonight's special council meeting will brief councillors about the project and the public inquiry process.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, SONI general manager Robin McCormick said the project was "vital to the security of electricity supply for Northern Ireland" and added that if given the go-ahead, the project was expected to reduce electricity prices for consumers across the island by at least £14m each year.

He said: "A strong, reliable and secure electricity network is vital to help Northern Ireland's economy grow, to attract foreign investment and create new employment opportunities.

"All the main business organisations in Northern Ireland recognise the need for this project, including Manufacturing Northern Ireland and local businesses in Co Armagh."

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