Background to the project
The Interconnector 2 was identified as the most practical solution to transport additional gas supplies from Beattock, Southwest Scotland to Gormanstown, Co. Meath, Ireland.
The 195km sub-sea pipeline is built from high-grade steel with anti-corrosion and anti-buoyancy coatings.
The project required a wide range of approvals from the jurisdictions of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It was constructed onboard the Solitaire vessel using an automated welding system, completing up to 8 kilometres per day.
The project also consisted of the following:
- An 11km sub-sea spur-line, to supply gas to the Isle of Man
- A 30km on-shore pipeline from Brighouse Bay
- An extension of the existing compressor stations at Beattock and Brighouse
- A reception terminal at Gormanstown
- A 14km pipeline linking Gormanstown with the existing network at Ballough
- 3 Above Ground Installations (AGI) located along the route
It was completed on schedule in November 2002.