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Irish Independent: Corrib gas firms to resume peat transfer next week

Published: Mar 30, 2007

THE companies involved in the extraction of natural gas from the Corrib Gasfield said yesterday that they plan to resume the peat haulage operation next week.

This will involve the transfer of 350,000 tonnes of peat from the site of the proposed onshore terminal at Bellanaboy to a Bord na Mona cut-over site at Srahmore, 11km away.

The operation will be completed by October, when construction of the onshore gas processing plant will begin, the Corrib gas partners said.

There are currently almost 200 people working on the Corrib Gas project and this figure will rise to approximately 350 in the coming weeks, once peat haulage is underway, Shell said. By next autumn, 700 jobs will have been created by the project with the construction of the onshore terminal.

The project has also resulted in the extension of the Bord Gais Eireann distribution system to the west of Ireland. The Corrib partners have funded the main transmission line between Mayo and Galway through a tariffing arrangement with BGE. It is hoped that the number of towns in Mayo that will benefit from the gas supply will increase as commercial markets are developed.

The Corrib Gas project is of strategic national importance. It benefits the Irish economy by enhancing security of energy supply and supporting economic development in the Border, Midlands and West region.

Ireland currently imports approximately 85pc of its gas. Corrib will enable the country to replace gas imports from the UK – 85pc of our needs – with indigenous supplies. At peak production, Corrib will supply some 60pc of national gas demand.

Health and safety is a key priority of the Corrib project and the Corrib partners are working to ensure that this operation is carried out in the safest manner possible.

The Corrib Gas Partners welcomed the oral hearing into the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed determination to grant an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence for the Corrib project.

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