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Strategic Infrastructure Development Application

Sure Partners Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SSE plc (SSE), has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for approval under Section 182A of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) for the development of the following:

  • Landfall for two offshore export circuits from the High Water Mark (HWM) to two Transition Joint Bays (TJB) at Johnstown North, located approximately 4.5km northeast of Arklow Harbour,

  • Connection by two underground 220kV high voltage alternating current circuits, and fibre optic cables over a distance of c. 6km, from the landfall to the new onshore 220kV substation,

  • A new onshore 220kV substation, to be located at Shelton Abbey, north of the Avoca River, approximately 2.1km northwest of Arklow town consisting of two connected compounds:

    • The transmission compound with the infrastructure to physically connect to the National Electricity Transmission Network, and

    • The connection compound with the infrastructure to allow the connection of the windfarm in accordance with EirGrid grid code requirements.

  • Flood defence improvement works to the existing Avoca River Business Park flood defences located c. 500m west of the substation site;

  • A 220kV overhead power line connection from the new 220kV substation at Shelton Abbey to the existing 220kV transmission network located c. 200m from the substation site.

It is a requirement of An Bord Pleanála that the applicant create a specific website to include all of the application documentation.

The planning application and all associated documents, including the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement, can be viewed below.

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