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The Awards were presented by Mr John Hollowell, Shell’s Vice President Production- Europe, who congratulated the operators on their achievement and thanked them for their commitment to the Corrib project.

The operators are the first of two batches to undertake training. Over the next year, Shell will begin the process of recruiting a further fifteen trainee operatives to supplement the existing core group.

Mr Hollowell said he looked forward to adding Corrib to the Shell portfolio of gas plants across Europe. He believed the Corrib project would be good for the local area, for Mayo and for Ireland.

“The technicians we are recognising today for achieving their NVQ Level 3 qualification are new to the industry and new to Shell and I applaud them for their commitment.

“Corrib is unique and offers wonderful opportunities. It is a greenfield site in a country that has little gas industry experience. It is a new plant with new procedures and new people with the right culture to make Corrib a world-beater. That is what I want Corrib to be,” said Mr Hollowell.

Among the attendance at the presentation ceremony were Frank Carter, Sligo IT engineering dept; Ronan Haughey and Brid Healy of City and Guilds; Carmel Kelly NVQ awards; Trevor Horsley, Shell Competence Training Co-ordinator and Mark Carrigy, Operations Manager also attended.