East-West Interconnector Voted Best Engineering Project of the Year

14 August 2014

The newly opened East-West Interconnector linking the power grids of Ireland and Britain has been voted Best Engineering Project of the Year by the Irish public.

ABB appointed Doran Consulting to lead the design team in a €600 Million investment by Eirgrid. At 264km in length, some 187km of which is beneath the Irish Sea, the EWIC transports energy from a converter station in Co. Meath to North Wales. It is the largest voltage-sourced conversion scheme currently in operation in the world.

Fintan Slye, Chief Executive of EirGrid Plc, said the interconnector was a key enabler towards meeting the ambitious target set by Government to generate 40% of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020. It is the largest project of its kind to be undertaken in Ireland.

Doran Consulting was involved in the design of converter stations comprising of the converter building, control building, AC switchyards and ancillary buildings.

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