Center Parcs development to spark €6m ESB investment in south Longford

Liam Cosgrove

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Ballymahon

The ESB is to invest up to €6m upgrading its electricity supply network in Ballymahon and surrounding areas, it has been announced

The ESB has announced it is to pump €6m into its network in south Longford in what is being hailed as another "major boost" for the area.

The semi-state company has confirmed it is setting aside the multi-million euro sum to coincide with the opening of Center Parcs' €233m site.

Minister of State for the OPW Kevin 'Boxer' Moran said the announcement was just the latest in a long line of positive infrastructural developments for the area.

“This is excellent news for the future economic investment in the Ballymahon and wider South Ballymahon area,” said Minister Moran.

“A recent IDA survey showed power supply as the 2nd highest positive about doing business in Ireland and the investment that the ESB is undertaking in Ballymahon is ideal to place the area on the map for further economic expansion.”

It is understood that the level of supply that Center Parcs is looking for is 3MVA(Mega Volt Amp) which is the equivalent of 1,500 houses or 10 per cent of Longford’s permanent housing stock.

This involves the substantial upgrading of the network in the area with a new 38kV Substation on the site of the existing substation in Ballymahon.

It is hoped that the new substation will be complete in the first quarter of 2019.

The planned work will involve the substantial upgrading of the network in the area with a new 38kV Substation on the site of the existing substation in Ballymahon. It is hoped that the new substation will be complete in the first quarter of 2019.

“This is tremendous news for the South Longford area and comes in the wake of the recent announcement by Gas Networks Ireland to bring gas to the County as part of providing heating fuel for the €233m Longford Forest development.

“The extension of the natural gas network and the commitment from ESB Networks in the Longford region provides key infrastructure that is essential for economic growth,” said Mr Moran.

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