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10.10.13 - Maintenance Outage Update

The East West Interconnector is scheduled to be on a maintenance outage from 00:00 on 18/11/13 until 23:59 on 21/11/13. The Net Transfer Capacity will be set to zero MW GB-IE and IE-GB for the duration of the outage. Please note the NTC reduction will not be applied in the Auction Management Platform until the week prior to the outage.

Monthly capacity for November will be auctioned as normal in the upcoming auction. Compensation for capacity during the dates and times affected by the outage will be paid in accordance with the East West Interconnector Access Rules.


06.09.13 - SEM Committee Decision Paper - Curtailment Approach on SEM Interconnectors

The SEM Committee decision arising from the joint East West Interconnector and Moyle Interconnector consultation on the curtailment approach on SEM interconnectors has been published and is available here.


Annual Maintenance Outage Update

The East West Interconnector is scheduled to be on an annual maintenance outage from 00:00 on 10/09/13 until 23:59 on 12/09/13. The Net Transfer Capacity will be set to zero MW GB-IE and IE-GB for the duration of the outage. Please note the NTC reduction will not be applied in the Auction Management Platform until the week prior to the outage.

Monthly capacity for September will be auctioned as normal in the upcoming auctions. Compensation for capacity during the dates and times affected by the outage will be paid in accordance with the East West Interconnector Access Rules.


Launch of Common FUI Portal

NGIC, RTE, BritNed, EirGrid, SONI and Mutual Energy are pleased to announce the roll out of the new Common FUI Portal [www.fui-portal.eu]. The portal offers market participants and stakeholders a single common access point to the key market data for capacity trading and congestion management on all electricity interconnectors in the France UK Ireland region (FUI region).

The Common FUI Portal is a dynamic website displaying the latest news and detailed information covering the BritNed, IFA, East West and Moyle Interconnectors in a single easy-to-use location. These HVDC interconnectors link the electricity grids and markets in the UK, Netherlands, France and Ireland. The Common FUI Portal provides details on the trading opportunities on these interconnectors such as the capacity auction calendars, results and the commercial flows.

Following on from the first step of harmonisation of Interconnector Access Rules, the Common FUI Portal project has been another step forward in cooperation between the Transmission Systems Operators in the FUI region.

Contact details and links to the individual trading platforms are provided at www.fui-portal.eu/auctionplatforms should you require any further information.


East West Interconnector Running

The commercial operation of the East West Interconnector was temporarily deferred in October 2012 following reports of possible telephone noise interference in the vicinity of part of the land route of the Interconnector.

EirGrid and its contractor have been working cooperatively with the telecommunications network providers to address this reported telephone noise interference.

The Interconnector has been operating in an interim mode since December 1st 2012 which has demonstrated a considerable reduction in the reported telephone noise interference. Subsequent to 20 days of operation, commercial trading on the Interconnector commenced on Friday 21st of December.  

The development of a permanent solution to allow the interconnector to operate in its intended mode at full capacity is underway with our contractor and is expected to be in place by the end of Q1 2013.

The Interconnector will bring many benefits to Irish electricity consumers over the decades to come, benefits such as increased competition, secure supplies of energy and the opportunity to export indigenous renewable energy.


Official Launch of East West Interconnector

Ireland’s first electricity link with Great Britain was officially opened today (20.9.2012) at an EirGrid event attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, Irish and British Energy Ministers and EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger. EirGrid East West Interconnector Opening


CER Approval of Access Rules and Charging Methodology Statement

On 4th September the CER approved the Access Rules and Charging Methodology Statements for EirGrid Interconnector Limited.

CER Approval Letter - September 2012