PLANS for a new electricity cable between Wales and Ireland have gone on display.

The new cable will be laid under the sea and will extend 100 miles between Pembroke and Great Island in County Wexford, as part of a scheme to “share” electricity.

In a deal between Ofgem, the UK National Grid, and Element Power Ireland Ltd, the ‘Greenlink’ cable will be the first of its kind in south Wales. It will have a capacity of 500MW, equivalent to powering 380,000 homes.

A spokesman for Element Power Ireland said the €400m (£350m) scheme is designed to improve energy security in both Ireland and Wales, and pass on consumer savings through a more efficient system.

The applications and the plans for the cable and its position can be viewed in Pembroke Library on Commons Road, Pembroke.

Representations or objections to the application should be made by email or in writing to the Marine Licencing team of Natural Resources Wales within 28 days, quoting reference RML1827.

If the application is accepted then the cable will be ordered and specially made, with construction beginning in 2020/2021.

The first set of exhibitions will take place in Pembroke Dock, Hundleton and Angle on May 29, 30 and 31.

The exhibitions are at Pembroke Dock’s Pater Hall, May 29; Hundleton Sports Pavillion, May 30; Angle Village Hall, May 31, all at 2pm-8pm.

Simon Ludlam, project director, said: “During the public consultations we will be sharing the details of the project and the surveys we propose to complete to ensure that the final proposal is of the highest standard. We will be asking for feedback on the proposed surveys, potential converter station sites and cable routes along with listening to any additional issues residents and local stakeholders feel we should be considering.”