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Natural gas users in Mayo, Galway urged to turn off supply

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Natural gas customers across Counties Mayo and Galway are being told to turn off their gas supplies after odourless gas entered the network from the Corrib Gas terminal.

Gas Networks Ireland says customers in Galway city, Tuam, Headford, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Claremorris, Westport, Crossmolina and Ballina should turn off their supply at the meter box until further notice.

It says this action is needed so that if a leak occurs, homeowners would not be able to smell it.

Gas is odourless but has a smell added to aid with detection.

GNI says Shell E&P Ireland has confirmed that odourless gas entered the network after it was processed at Bellanaboy terminal in north Mayo.

Efforts are being made to remove the unscented gas from the network. This could take up to 72 hours.

Environmental inspectors are at the Corrib Gas Terminal in north Mayo, after quality issues led to flaring at the site in Bellanaboy. 

The Environmental Protection Agency says it was notified by Shell E&P Ireland that the flaring was taking place, due to problems with "the quality of gas exported from the terminal".

A flaring mechanism is built into the facility for such eventualities. 

The EPA says flaring is expected to continue for a further 12 to 24 hours.

It will result in increased noise levels and visable flames from the terminal. 

EPA inspectors are monitoring the situation.


Gas customers across Counties Galway and Mayo told to turn off supply at the meter. Odourless gas in network. Can't be smelled if it leaks.

Posted Date: 
21 September 2017