Concern over Shell gas flow delay

A MAYO TD has expressed concern over the delay in issuing the final regulatory approval to Shell E&P Ireland that will enable the company to start producing gas from the Corrib Gas Field in north Mayo.

Deputy Michelle Mulherin said it is the interest of the State to have gas flowing and she called on Energy Minister Alex White to ensure the assessment process be given additional resources and expedited.

She argued: 'From an international point of view it doesn’t send out a great message, especially as we continue to press hard to attract further foreign direct investment into this country. The last thing the country wants is to be seen as ‘the poster boy for frustration’ by people in industry and trade who could be put off in investing here.

'A project of national strategic importance such as Corrib should be dealt with as expeditiously as possible.'

In response, the minister said on August 18 last, Shell E&P Ireland Limited submitted an application for consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline. This application was the subject of a four week public consultation process. All submissions received are being considered. 

'Evaluation of the application is now at an advanced stage. On completion of the assessment process, my decision, together with supporting reports, will be published,' he added.