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October 2017

Shell lost €140m on Corrib gas field in 2016, accounts show

By: 
Barry O Halloran - Irish Times

Oil and gas giant reports Corrib sales of €182.2 million and costs of €359.4 million

The Corrib natural gas field off the west coast lost €140 million last year, according to accounts filed by its operator, Shell E&P Ireland.

Posted Date: 
16 October 2017

Shell E&P Ireland confirms that Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal commenced export of gas into the national grid this afternoon

By: 
Midwest Radio

Shell E & P Ireland has confirmed to Midwest News that the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal commenced the export of gas into the national grid this afternoon.

This follows an incident on September 22nd last which resulted in unodourised gas entering the national grid.

As a result, Gas Networks Ireland advised customers in Mayo and Galway to turn off their supply temporarily and flaring took place at the Bellanaboy terminal to burn off the unodourised gas.

Posted Date: 
11 October 2017

Ireland's Corrib gas field output to resume Wednesday - Statoil

By: 
Reuters

[Shell to Sea]  It seems that Shell are being allowed to start up supplying gas to the national gas grid again, despite still no public explanation being given as to what caused the danger and pollution that resulted from unodourised gas being put on the grid.  The EPA/CER has still not responded to any on Shell to Sea's questions sent on the 1st October. 

The restart raises other questions for the EPA/CER

Posted Date: 
11 October 2017

Shell's Corrib Outage Keeps Rolling

By: 
Mark Smedley - Natural Gas World

An outage at the Corrib offshore gas field, which produces all of the Republic of Ireland's indigenous natural gas, has been extended again. The country is able to source alternative supplies from and via Britain.

Regulatory (Remit) notices filed by Statoil, one of the partners in Corrib, show a reduced availability from the field of 9.9mn m3/d until October 5 at 6am Norwegian time. This equates to the field's entire production capacity of 3.6bn m3/yr, showing the field is shut in.

Posted Date: 
3 October 2017

Shell to Sea Demands answers from CER and the EPA On how Un-odourised Gas entered the Network last Month

By: 
Midwest Radio

The recent incident with un-odourised gas leaving the Shell refinery at Bellanaboy  has resulted in as yet, unspecified volumes of un-odourised gas entering the national gas grid and as yet unknown quantities of toxins released to land, sea and air in Erris, according to Shell to Sea.

Shell to Sea is a group that has campaigned against a gas refinery being located at Bellanaboy, in north Mayo.

Posted Date: 
2 October 2017

Statoil: Ireland's Corrib gas outage extended to Oct. 3

By: 
Reuters

OSLO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - An ongoing reduction in the output of Ireland’s Corrib gas field has been extended by 24 hours to Oct. 3 at 0600 CET (0400 GMT), Norway’s Statoil said in a statement.

The Corrib field’s output will still be reduced by 9.9 million cubic metres per day. Statoil did not say why the outage was extended. (Reporting by Terje Solsvik)

Posted Date: 
2 October 2017

Corrib gas incident contributes to rising energy costs in September

By: 
Michael McAleer - Irish Times

Wholesale electricity prices up 10 per cent and gas up 8 per cent last month

Irish wholesale gas prices were more than 50 per cent more expensive on average last month compared with September last year. Irish wholesale electricity and gas prices increased by 10 per cent and 8 per cent respectively over the last month.

Posted Date: 
2 October 2017

Shell to Sea ask informed questions and demand answers from statutory bodies investigating Shell.

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Oct 1st, 2017 - For immediate release

-- Shell to Sea has cumulative knowledge of the Shell/Corrib project, and is capable and willing to put hard questions to CER and EPA. --

The latest fiasco in the Shell refinery at Bellanaboy resulted in as yet unspecified volumes of un-odourised gas entering the national gas grid and as yet unknown quantities of toxins released to land, sea and air in Erris, north Mayo. Shell to Sea has produced a list of specific questions for CER (recently renamed to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities) and EPA, the two statutory bodies charged with investigating this most recent lapse in Shell's 'global technical expertise'. [1, 2]

The list of 22 questions (copied below) is not exhaustive; it may evolve to include other questions and, depending on the accuracy of the answers received from CER and EPA may include follow-up questions.