Speaking today, Terry Nolan, SEPIL MD, said: “We are pleased with the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline. We believe this decision is good for Mayo and Ireland.”
In its detailed determination issued today, the Board stated that the development “would help safeguard the energy security of the State, would benefit the Western Region of Ireland, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area . . . would not be prejudicial to public health or to public safety [and] would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment.”
“We hope that An Bord Pleanála’s thorough examination of our application and subsequent endorsement of it will allow people to feel their concerns have been fully addressed. We are committed to working positively with the local community throughout the construction period and thereafter. ”
With five wells at the Corrib field and the offshore pipeline already in place, and the terminal at Bellanaboy also close to completion, Mr Nolan said the company was looking forward to completing the final phase.
“Today’s positive decision from ABP means the Corrib Gas Partners can focus on completing this strategically important project and delivering the gas to Ireland. At peak production, Corrib gas will supply up to 60% of Ireland’s natural gas needs and will play an important role in Ireland’s energy security in the years ahead.”