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Corrib approaches completion despite setbacks

By: 
Áine Ryan - Mayo News

SHELL E&P Ireland plans to apply to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) early in 2014 for a review of its Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control License (IPPC). Last October the High Court quashed the EPA’s decision to grant a license after Erris resident, Martin Harrington, argued the agency had failed to adhere to proper procedure in reaching its decision to issue a revised license. THE modified IPPC license, which addressed issues raised during an EPA oral hearing in 2007, was issued last June.
Meanwhile, Michael Crothers, Shell’s Managing Director, stated in a letter last week that ‘strong progress has been achieved’ in 2013, despite ‘significant challenges’.
Referring to the tragic death of Lars Wagner, an employee of contractors, Herrenknecht, the tunnel-boring machine specialists, Mr Crothers said: “Everyone who works on the Corrib project was deeply affected by the fatality. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Wagner family in their time of grief.”
He confirmed that tunnelling is expected to be completed in the late spring to early summer of 2014 ‘after which the final section of the Corrib tunnel pipeline will be installed and tested’.
Citing the completion of other significant works, he also said that 2014 would be a busy year as the project reaches completion.
The Corrib Gas Partners – Shell, Statoil and Vermillion Energy – ‘plan to invest a further €300m over the next twelve months’ as they work towards delivery of First Gas in 2015, he confirmed.

Posted Date: 
24 December 2013