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Flintshire County Council have given planning permission to electricity operator EiGrid to build an electricity converting station in Shotton

PLANS to build an electricity converter station in Shotton have been given the go ahead by Flintshire County Council.

The EirGrid station will be built near the UPM paper mill on Deeside Industrial Park, and would create a link between the Irish and Welsh electricity networks.

The £560m project would see a 260km cable built underground from County Meath in Ireland to Flintshire, coming ashore at Barkby beach, Prestatyn.

The station will convert electricity from direct to alternating currents, making it suitable for transmission by underground and undersea cables, eventually providing power for 300,000 homes.

EirGrid claim the project will help secure future energy supplies for both countries.

John Fitzgerald of EirGrid, said: “The converter station forms an integral part of this project which will help to ensure there is enough power for homes, businesses and industry in both countries.

“Prior to our planning application, extensive consultations as well as environmental assessments were undertaken.”

The interconnector cable is set to be operational by 2012.

The cable will come ashore at Prestatyn and under the A548.Š

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