We have an ongoing need to develop the electricity transmission grid. This ensures a secure and reliable supply of electricity now, for the future, and for our children’s future. On this page, you can find out about current and recent projects for grid development, wayleave agreements and open consultations.
We only plan new transmission infrastructure to keep the grid secure, and to prepare for future needs. On this page, you can find out about current and recent projects for grid development in your area. Use this to learn how local projects may affect you, and how to make your views known on these projects.Find out more
This is a significant project for SONI and for everyone in Northern Ireland. It will allow for cheaper electricity generation and will improve the reliability and security of your electricity supply.
At SONI, we have two core responsibilities. We manage the flow of power across the grid to meet daily needs, and we also plan for the future of the grid. This involves the improvement and technological upgrade of our network.
Improving and upgrading the grid is a significant task that often requires major infrastructure. These can include transmission stations, underground cables, or overhead lines carried by pylons.
Before we develop or add to the grid, we work with those who may be affected by our plans. We aim to make grid development a consultative process. On each project, we want to engage with the community, elected representatives and interest groups. Our goal is to find the best possible solution. Key to this is understanding your concerns and learning from your local knowledge.
Every project has its own consultation process. We give you information to understand why there is a need for the project, and provide an opportunity for you to respond. Then, at each stage of our decisions, we go back to you with our thinking, and ask for your opinion. You have a real chance to shape our decisions, particularly if you respond early on. Finally, our projects are subject to the same planning laws as other major infrastructure.
A wayleave agreement is a contractual licence which allows NIE Networks to access, construct and maintain electricity infrastructure upon the owners’ lands in exchange for an agreed annual wayleave payment made by NIE Networks.
SONI is responsible for obtaining the consents from landowners required to permit NIE Networks to install and retain new transmission infrastructure over and across the owners' lands. When planning authorities approve the development of new transmission infrastructure, SONI will seek to secure a wayleave agreement from each landowner before NIE Networks starts construction of the new infrastructure.
These wayleave agreements are voluntary. They permit NIE Networks to enter the lands specified in the agreement, and to carry out certain tasks.
If you have a query in relation to an existing wayleave or a new distribution system project then please contact NIE Networks - contact details below.
Phone: NIE Networks customer helpline 03457 643 643 is open 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
Website: Click here to access NIE Networks website information on wayleave payments.
If your query is in relation to a new transmission project then please contact SONI's Agricultural Liaison Officer, Fergal Keenan, on 0796 693 0844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report a power cut or a fault visit https://powercheck.nienetworks.co.uk/ or call NIE Networks on 03457 643 643.