North Roscommon set for €1.4m ESB Networks upgrade
10 November 2015
ESB Networks is in the final stages of a €1.4 million investment programme to upgrade the electricity infrastructure in the Cloonfad and Ballinlough areas of Co Roscommon.
With more than 230km of medium voltage powerlines to be upgraded, these north Roscommon communities are set to benefit from a more resilient and energy efficient network, which will help local businesses grow and attract inward investment.
Taking place between November 2-20, the works will involve some disruption to customer electricity supplies during the period. All customers will be notified in advance advising of times and dates of planned interruptions.
Commenting on the significant programme of work, Geoff Prendergast, ESB Networks area manager for Castlebar/Tuam, says: “Over the past decade, ESB Networks has invested more than €6 billion in upgrading Ireland’s electricity network.
“This has significantly improved network reliability and efficiency, with the average customer now experiencing less than three hours of lost power annually, a 70 per cent reduction on pre-investment levels. The work in north Roscommon will be undertaken by up to 40 highly skilled ESB Network technicians from Tuam, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Roscommon and Castlebar.
“ESB continues to be a major innovator and investor in critical Irish national and local infrastructure, investing over €750 million annually in energy assets and pioneering new technologies to drive performance and efficiency.
“In a recent study of global utilities by IBM, Ireland was ranked as having the third most advanced smart network in the world in terms of servicing customer needs today and anticipating future needs. This is an important upgrade for North Roscommon and the surrounding area, which will support local communities in the national drive for inward investment in industry and jobs.”
The planned works will involve upgrades and improvements to over 230km of overhead medium voltage network stretching from Ballyhaunis southwards to Garrafrauns and eastwards from Ballyhaunis towards the outskirts of Castlerea, including the following areas:
• Mount Delvin