Policy & Regulation

Northern Ireland may need more gas-fired power

Delays to an interconnector and the potential end of the Single Energy Market are threatening Northern Ireland’s supply security Delays to an interconnector and the potential end of the Single Energy Market are threatening Northern Ireland’s supply security.
By Silvia Favasuli 19 September 2017 0 27622
Northern Irish gas power station Ballylumford gas-fired power station, Northern Ireland. (PA)

A hard Brexit could leave Northern Ireland short of power and in need of additional gas-fired generating capacity, experts told the UK’s House of Lords last week.

The potential end of the Single Energy Market (SEM) between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could lead to the cancellation of a much-needed second power interconnector between them, said Owen Wilson, chief executive of the Electricity Association of Ireland.

“[Without the SEM in place,] the arrangements for trading across the interconnector could be significantly different. There...