Shell’s many gas plants and pipelines worldwide operate without negative impact on local communities. The Corrib pipeline design has been subjected to a thorough Quantified Risk Assessment, which has been evaluated by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources as well as independent experts.

The normal operating pressure in the pipeline will be up to 120 bar. This will reduce in accordance with the pressure in the Corrib reservoir falling as the gas supply depletes.

In 2005, the then Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (now DCENR) commissioned consultant company, Advantica, to carry out an independent safety review to address concerns regarding the safety of the onshore section of the Corrib pipeline.

The findings of this review were published in 2006 and concluded that “proper consideration was given to safety issues in the selection process for the preferred design option and the locations of the landfall, pipeline route and terminal.”

In their report, Advantica made a number of recommendations suggesting that if followed “there will be a substantial safety margin in the pipeline design and the pipeline design and proposed route should be accepted as meeting or exceeding international standards in terms of acceptability of risk and international best practice for high pressure pipelines.”

Recognising that the implementation of Advantica’s recommendations would further enhance the safety of the pipeline, the Corrib Gas Partners committed to implementing all conditions. Most significantly, a Landfall Valve Installation has been incorporated into the design to automatically shut off the pressure from offshore in the very unlikely event that the pressure in the onshore pipeline should rise towards 144 bar.

External Emergency Plan for Bellananboy Bridge Gas Terminal

Onshore Safety Pipeline Brochure