By John Donovan
The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, has stated in response to a parliamentary question asking when product from the Corrib gas fields will be available to the consumer, that it is not possible to state a start date.
He went on to say that the construction of the onshore section of the pipeline, including the construction of a 5 km tunnel, will take about three years and “first gas cannot therefore reasonably be anticipated before 2014.”
Extrapolating from a calculation in an article published by The Irish Examiner, the Shell led Corrib gas project, plagued by controversy, including the jailing of the “Rossport Five“, is now some 9 years behind the initial target date to start generating revenues from the field.
Royal Dutch Shell seems to have under-estimated the opposition.