Ireland approves Corrib gas pipeline's onshore segment

Ireland’s planning authority, An Bord Pleanala, has granted permission for construction of the 9-km, 20-in. OD onshore segment of the Corrib gas pipeline.

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Jan. 25 -- Ireland’s planning authority, An Bord Pleanala (ABP), has granted permission for construction of the 9-km, 20-in. OD onshore segment of the Corrib gas pipeline. In its detailed determination, ABP stated the pipeline “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 safety, and would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment.”

Parnters in the Corrib gas project, Shell E&P Ireland Ltd., operator, 45.5%; Statoil Exploration, 36%; and Vermillion Energy Trust, 18.5%, say that at peak production, Corrib will supply as much as 60% of Ireland’s gas needs.

Corrib, with 1 tcf of gas in place, expects production to peak at 300 MMcfd for 2-4 years before a 20%/year decline ensues (OGJ Online, June 25, 2009).

Allseas’ Solitaire laid the 83-km, 20-in. OD offshore section of the pipeline from Corrib at 355 m water depth, through Broadhaven Bay, to landfall at Glengad, County Mayo, in summer 2009.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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