EirGrid, the operators of Ireland's electricity grid, have applied for a foreshore licence to carry out a number of marine surveys off the coast of east Cork.
This survey is being carried out to investigate the best location to bring the Celtic Interconnector cable ashore and to connect it up to the existing grid, most likely near Knockraha.
If built, the interconnector would allow for the import and export of up approximately 700 megawatts of electricity, the equivalent of supplying power to around 450,000 homes.
A decision on whether the interconnector will be built is not expected until 2020. If built, Celtic Interconnector would be Ireland’s first such connection with mainland Europe.
EirGrid has been working with its counterpart in France, RTE, to investigate the feasibility of a connection between the two countries. This would be Ireland’s first such connection with mainland Europe.
A subsea cable is already in place between Dublin and Wales.
To date, a marine route between Ireland and France has been identified. The studies also indicate that East Cork is the best location for the interconnector to link into the Irish transmission system.
Notices relating to the foreshore application will be available in Garda Stations in Youghal, Ballycotton and Midleton and hosted on the Department of Housing's website own website.
Eirgrid are inviting any feedback on this and other studies to date. This can be done via eirgrid.com, where there is also further information on the project.