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Shell Corrib: Irish national gas emergency plan invoked

Lorna Siggins: 22 Sept 2017

Two State investigations are under way into the release of odourless gas into the natural gas supply in the west of Ireland after a “technical fault” at the Corrib gas refinery.

More than 9,000 customers in counties Galway and Mayo were advised to shut down supplies on Thursday until further notice for safety reasons, and the State’s national gas emergency plan was invoked.

Gas Networks Ireland said it had restored a safe supply to 60 per cent of those affected by Friday evening, mainly in Galway city and parts of the county.

Separate inquiries by the Commission for Energy Regulation and the Environmental Protection Agency are under way, while Shell E&P Ireland has also confirmed it is undertaking an internal investigation.

Flaring of the odourless gas to remove it from the system continued throughout Friday at the refinery in north Mayo, with a 15m flame visible and audible for several miles.

Rossport resident Mary Corduff said the flaring was “constant, high pressure” with noise like a “jet aircraft”. “Once again the community bears the brunt of very intense flaring, which is a form of atmospheric pollution,” she said. FULL ARTICLE

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