€8bn electricity contract will create up to 10,000 construction jobs

National Grid UK has signed a contract with Element Power to provide 3,000 megawatts of electricity to Britain from Ireland - through two subsea cables as 2,000 new jobs are to be created in Ireland as part of an €8bn euro renewable energy investment.

The positions - which will be rolled out by 2018 - will be focused on the operation and maintenance of wind farms in the Midlands.

1,000 other jobs will be created in the UK as part of the deal - while up to 10,000 people will be employed during the construction phase on both sides of the Irish sea.

Mike O'Neill is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Element Power Group: "In the construction and development phase we estimate 10,000 jobs will be created and a lot of those will be in Ireland.

"Then in the long term we envisage that 3,000 jobs, with two thirds of those in Ireland, will be created. These range from building and constructing roads through to high level engineering jobs."

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