A document landed on my desk the other day. It was an unredacted portion of EirGrid Board Papers (June 2011), again concerning GridLink. I do not pretend to understand the technicalities of this but one thing stood out – the preferred option was always Option 4. What was the consultation for? In addition, EirGrid testified to the Oireacthas Committee that it would cost in excess of “500 million”
and yet their own costing suggests 353 million? Since then, with the advanced and cheaper technology, I would have thought that figure would further decrease, and yet EirGrid maintained the 500 million price-tag right up until GridLink was withdrawn in November last year.
However, then I noticed that the plan only extended to Dublin, and not all the way through Kildare up to the interconnector. Does that mean that the 353 million was only a minor portion of the total GridLink cost and in fact the “500 million” price tag was under-estimated, as the public would have gone ballistic at such an extraordinary cost?
I am completely confused. What is that all about EirGrid, please explain?