Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (385)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

385. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the consideration that has been given by him and his agents to utilising the routes of the existing 110kvAC transmission network in County Mayo to build out the 400 KV line proposed under Grid West; and the reason this option is not being pursued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5170/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

While this is an operational matter for EirGrid and not one in which I, as Minister, have a role, I have asked EirGrid to set up a telephone “hotline" to allow deputies to contact the company with queries relating to Grid25. That telephone line has now been established and the number is 01 2370419. This telephone line is available 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, between 08.30 and 16.45. Any calls outside those times will be recorded and EirGrid will endeavour to return the call the next business day. The deputy may wish to address her question to EirGrid.