A long-awaited cross-border electricity connector has been granted the go ahead by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.
The North-south Interconnector will see a large 400kv overhead electricity line connect Northern Ireland and the Republic, stretching from Tyrone and Armagh to Co Meath.
The Republic's planning authorities have already given the green light to the remainder.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has now awarded planning permission for the Northern Ireland element of the scheme, which has gone through a number of delays and hurdles, including a public inquiry.
“Following the quashing of the previous decision, I have carefully reconsidered the proposal and the up-to-date environmental information and have concluded that planning permission should be granted for the development which remains of strategic importance for our island economy,” the Minister said.
“I have also taken into account the report by the Planning Appeals Commission that included a full consideration of the planning issues and endorsed the significant strategic importance of the development for Northern Ireland and its compliance with planning policy.
“The North-south Electricity Interconnector remains crucial to handling growing demand across the electricity transmission systems across the island of Ireland, promoting greater competition within the Single Electricity Market (SEM) for wholesale electricity trading and to protecting security of supply.
“It will also enhance network stability and support the future growth of renewable generation and help support our economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. These economic and system benefits will benefit citizens across our community.”