28.05.14 - East West Interconnector - One Year On
The East West Interconnector (EWIC) recently completed its first year of full commercial operation. This high-voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine and underground power cable links the electricity transmission grids of Ireland and Great Britain. Recent analysis carried out by EirGrid on the impact of the first year of full commercial operation (May 2013 to April 2014) indicates that wholesale electricity prices in the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM) would have been 9% higher if the EWIC was unavailable over this period. The downward pressure exerted by EWIC on the price of electricity on the island of Ireland, has narrowed the gap in cost between the electricity markets on the islands of Ireland and Great Britain. The early success of the EWIC demonstrates the value of interconnection and this in turn will help to underpin initiatives for further interconnection to Europe, such as the potential Ireland-France Interconnector which is now included in the European Commission list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs).
To read the full story, please click here: East West Interconnector - One Year On
02.05.14 - Launch of Trading Brochure
The East West Interconnector team has launched a brochure "Delivering Electricity Trading between Ireland and Great Britain". The brochure aims to attract new customers to register to trade on the East West Interconnector and provides information on the different types of products available and the associated benefits. Registration information and customer support contact details are also provided. The brochure is available to view here.
11.04.14 - The East West Interconnector wins Irish Building and Design Award
EirGrid is pleased to announce that the East West Interconnector has won the award for Engineering Project of the Year at the Irish Building and Design Awards 2014. This award is further recognition of the significant achievement in delivering the connection between the electricity transmission grids of Ireland and Great Britain on time and under budget in December 2012.
At 500 MW, it is the highest capacity link of its kind, based on voltage source converter (VSC) technology, to go into commercial operation. Among the benefits it delivers to electricity consumers and traders in Ireland and Great Britain are increased security of supply, improved competition, and the ability to import and export power.
08.11.13 - The East West Interconnector wins Engineering Project of the Year
EirGrid is pleased to announce that the East West Interconnector has been chosen as the winner of Engineering Project of the Year in the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The award recognises engineering excellence and projects of lasting impact and celebrates the contribution of engineering generally to wider society.
Commenting on the success, John Fitzgerald, Project Director fo the East West Interconnector said:
"As an Island nation, Ireland relies upon linkages to trade, transport, and communicate with our customers and markets in neighbouring states in the UK, Europe and beyond. The East West Interconnector significantly enhances our linkages and connectivity in terms of energy and communications."
"It was a complex project to deliver involving both on-land and marine elements using cutting edge engineering across all the disciplines. In operation, it is aiding competition and exerting downward pressure on electricity prices in Ireland. It has also provided Ireland with greater energy security and will be a key enabler in helping Ireland meet ambitious targets for the generation of power from renewable energy sources and ultimately in the export of renewable energy from Ireland."
"In total, 3,700 people worked on the project working 2.2 million hours with an exemplary safety record."
"With the East West Interconnector, we have learned a lot about connecting power systems with High Voltage Direct Current schemes across long distances including the challenging marine environment. This experience will become even more important as further interconnection is required as we move towards integrating power markets in Europe.”
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.