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2 East West Interconnector Background Security Of Supply Promote Competition in The Electricity Sector Accommodate Growth Of Renewable Energy Reduce Dependence on Imported Fuels Downward Pressure on Price Achievement of National and European Objectives

3 East West Interconnector Background Key Strategic Project Priority Interconnector Project - DG TREN January 2007 ‘Critical National Strategic Importance..’ – NDP CER to arrange for design of competition for construction of a 500MW interconnector at earliest possible date (2012 or earlier) Upon completion, I/C to be owned and operated by EirGrid Work on selection of sub sea route and sites and associated grid reinforcement to proceed in parallel with selection of developer process

4 The Route Connects To Irish Grid At Woodland 400kv Substation Irish Land Cable Route – Approx 45km Connects To UK Grid At Deeside 400kv Substation Welsh Land Cable Route – Approx 30km

5 Marine Survey

6 Recent Milestones Government Approval / Contract AwardMarch 2009 Planning Permission in Britain Sep 2009 Planning Approval Granted in Ireland Sep 2009 European Investment Bank funding securedSep 2009 Granted Foreshore Licence in Britain Oct 2009 Commencement of Works in Wales Nov 2009 EU Grant securedMarch 2010 Full Notice to ProceedMarch 2010

7 North Ocean 102 Cable Laying Vessel ABB HVC Karlskrona

8 RA’s SEM Regional Integration Consultation High level timeline of activities Q EWIC commercially operational Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q RA Approval access rules Start Customer Registration Go-live explicit System Customer Training Q Regulatory interface Mods Approval from RAs Mods submitted to Mods panel April 2012 Release Review of EU and UK legal requirements (including telecoms) Registration in BETTA/SEM Explicit auction system tender AS Contract Agreed Final Notice to Proceed Auction Platform workshop Customer workshop

9 Auction Process An auction platform will be procured over the next few months Coordination underway with Moyle so as to offer 1 platform but 2 separate auctions Explicit Auctions will be held on annual, monthly, weekly and daily basis Implicit auctions being considered for within day auctions Secondary trading will be facilitated The auctions and the rules of the interconnector will be compliant with the Congestion Management Guidelines UIOLI and UIOSI will be operated

10 Facts & Figures 500MW Continuous Rated Power Overload Capacity Up To 550MW DC Cable Voltage ± 200kV Reactive Power Capability Total Estimated Losses At Rated Power – 30MW Completion Date Q3 2012

11 End of Presentation Questions? EirGrid website:www.eirgrid.com Project website:www.interconnector.ie Planning websit ABB HVDC:


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