EirGrid applied its “Six-step approach to grid development” placing importance on stakeholder engagement, open and transparent communication, and acknowledging the social impact of project assessment and decision-making for the Celtic Interconnector project. This approach has enhanced the innovation and robustness of project development.
The Celtic Interconnector will connect Ireland’s grid with continental Europe for the first time. It is the first large-scale multi-partner project to which EirGrid’s ‘Six-step approach’ was broadly applied. In order to achieve objectives, EirGrid assigned a dedicated Community Liaison Officer as a point-of-contact; created accessible online resources; produced a consultation report after each ‘step’ of the approach and uses results to guide the project; and improved visual communication by utilising virtual 3D modelling. The outcome has been very valuable in the ongoing evaluation, adaptation and revision of the ‘Six-step approach’ which is applied across all projects.
EirGrid is the transmission system operator in Ireland and one of the TSOs leading the project.