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Mayo Advertiser: Shell seeks consent for new pipeline route

Current Publication Date: 09/05/2008

By Toni Bourke

Shell E&P Ireland Limited this week confirmed that applications for consent for the modified Corrib onshore pipeline route have now been submitted to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources under the Gas Act and to An Bord Pleanála under the Strategic Infrastructure Act. An application under the Foreshore Act to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of the crossings of Sruwaddacon Bay will follow shortly.

In addition to these applications, SEPIL has made an application to An Bord Pleanála for Compulsory Acquisition Orders for rights over the land in which the pipeline will be laid, plus temporary access to additional land along the pipeline route during the construction period. CAOs are common practice on pipeline projects in Ireland and SEPIL has informed all of the landowners of this approach.

The application documents are now available for inspection by members of the public in SEPIL’s office in Belmullet and in RPS’s office in Belmullet. The Gas Act applications, which include an Environmental Impact Statement and the application for CAOs, are also available for inspection in local Garda stations (this is the case for the S40 and CAO applications). Belmullet Garda station will have the CAO application. The SIA application can be viewed in Mayo County Council offices in Castlebar and Belmullet. Applications for consent for the modified pipeline route and for CAOs will now be subject to a period of statutory public consultation by the relevant authorities.

The Corrib Gas project will provide up to 60 per cent of Ireland’s gas needs at peak supply period and will add €3 billion to Ireland’s GDP over the life of the project. Commenting, Mr Terry Nolan, Mayo-based Deputy Managing Director of SEPIL, said: “The detailed applications will now be examined by the relevant statutory and professional bodies and they will make a final decision both on the pipeline route and on the CAOs. All parties have an opportunity to take part in the statutory consultation process and the final determination will be made following this. We hope that this project can now move forward and deliver benefits both to Mayo and to Ireland.”

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