Welcoming the Infrastructure Minister’s decision to approve planning permission for the North South Interconnector, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), said:
“This is an extremely positive decision from the Infrastructure Minister. The delivery of the North South Interconnector has been amongst the top infrastructure priorities for our members since 2009.
“The North South Interconnector is a vital piece of infrastructure that will ensure the effective operation of an efficient all-island electricity market, exert downward pressure on electricity prices for business and domestic consumers throughout Northern Ireland, and utilise renewable energy resources. Businesses and employers need access to electricity in the most cost efficient manner possible, and the Interconnector is key to achieving this.
“Now that planning permission is in place, we would encourage all stakeholders to work together to ensure it is built-out and operational without any further delay.”