7.5 Other utilities
The key utility services include water services infrastructure comprising foul water, water supply and surface water discharge and the supply of electrical power, gas and information communications technology (ICT). A number of these key utility services have been significantly upgraded in recent years as part of the Terminal 2 development at the Airport.
7.5.1 ELECTRICAL AND GAS SUPPLY
The Airport’s high-voltage electrical network is operated at 110 kilovolts and is currently supplied by the Dardistown Substation. The Dardistown Substation has two 40-megavolt amp transformers supplying four Airport ring networks namely Terminal 1, Terminal 2, campus and the airfield.
The Airport is currently served by a 19-bar gas main from the Cloghran Ground Installation, located on Swords Road. This feeds a 315-millimetre diameter, 4-bar ring main within the Airport. There are currently no constraints associated with gas supply.
7.5.2 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS
The Airport is currently serviced by a mixture of copper and fibre networks. These networks are currently served by two public node operator points within the Airport operated by Eir. daa utilises a number of other telecom service providers who are granted access over Eir’s existing network within the Airport. All Eir services enter the Airport through the R132 Swords Road.
7.5.3 ADDITONAL SUPPORTING UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE
As Dublin Airport continues to grow, additional supporting utility infrastructure will be required. Electrical load is expected to increase with growth depending on the evolution of renewable resources and technologies. Building additional resilience into the electrical system separate to the Dardistown Sub Station is also a requirement for the Airport. Information telecommunications technology is critical to the overall operations of the Airport and will continue to grow and evolve. The LAP emphasises a greater shift towards the integration of low carbon and energy efficient technologies across airport buildings and operations to enable Dublin Airport to develop as an energy efficient hub.
SUPPORTING UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE OBJECTIVES
Support and facilitate the development and upgrade of strategic information telecommunications technology and other required utilities infrastructure.