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The EirGrid East West Interconnector is a 500MW High Voltage Direct Current Electricity and Fibre Optic Interconnector which connects the Irish and British electricity Transmission systems. Commercial trading of the Interconnector began in December 2012. The Interconnector is approximately 260km in length, 187km of which is subsea. 

It is a modern Voltage Source Commutation type scheme, offering a suite of valuable services to both Irish & UK transmission system operators. 

The Interconnector is important to Ireland in terms of security of supply, competitiveness and facilitate growth of renewable energy. 

The Interconnector was developed by EirGrid, a leading Irish energy business, dedicated to the provision of transmission and market services for the benefit of electricity consumers. It is an Irish state-owned commercial company.

East West Interconnector

Subsea Cable Asset Name:East West Interconnector
Cable Type:Power & Telecoms
Status of the Cable:Active
Location:Irish Sea
Landing Point of Export Cable:Rush (Ireland) - Prestatyn (Wales)
Installation Date:May 2012
Approximate Total Cable Length (KM):187km
Burial Status Upon Installation: Generally in excess of 1.5m
Emergency Contact+44(0)1244 288353 or +353(0)12370924