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Alliance Party Chief Whip, Alderman Sean Neeson, claims that the Scottish electricity inter-connector is not in the best interests of the Northern Ireland economy, nor of electricity consumers. Mr Neeson says, “The go-ahead for the interconnector would make the completion of Phase Two of the Kilroot Power Station even more remote. Furthermore, the building of a transformer at Islandmagee will be a major blot on the landscape.

“NIE will not be purchasing electricity from Scottish Power at a cheap rate, and this should be referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, along with the other Northern Ireland electricity generators. The development of the interconnector will be as big a blunder as the original sell-off of the power stations here, and this is strongly criticised by the Public Accounts Committee at Westminster.”