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Almost a kilometre of Corrib Shell pipeline loose and floating under sea

An article by Sam Griffin published 13 March 2015 by The Irish Independent

An 800m section of Shell pipeline from the Corrib gas processing plant has come loose and is floating under the sea.

Both Shell Ireland and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are investigating the incident off the north Mayo coast.

A Shell spokesperson said the pipeline was a piece of plastic ducting measuring 800m in length and carried treated surface water collected at the Bellanaboy terminal to around ten miles out to sea.

The ducting had been secured under heavy boulders and investigations will examine if bad weather in recent days contributed to it coming loose.

Marine vessels have been dispatched by Shell to investigate the matter.

“There is no evidence the pipeline snapped or has broken off, but it has risen to the sea bed,” a Shell spokesman said.

He said the pipe was installed in 2009.

The first gas from the Corrib field will be pumped from the middle of this year.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating how an outfall pipe from the Corrib gas project has surfaced from the seabed in north Mayo.

The incident is an embarrassment to the company which has emphasised the high standards applied in constructing the Corrib gas project.

Erris fisherman Pat O’Donnell, who was jailed for seven months for offences related to his opposition to the project, said that “this should not have happened”.

“This is what we fought against, and we are so lucky that there were no pollutants in the pipe,” he said.

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