Shell and OSSL dispute whether inducements were given to Gardai and named individuals.
“Shell was using OSSL to win hearts and minds in Mayo to progress the project but suddenly things changed, and tracks needed covering”- Desmond Kane, OSSL
Seventeen years ago this month, the Petrolia drilling rig hit a natural gas field
50 miles off the west coast of Mayo. According to Briain O Cathain, MD of Enterprise Energy, who made the find, “It was one of the biggest well-tests that Enterprise had ever done”. For O Cathain and other Irish people working in oil and gas around the world, it represented great hope that finally they could come home to work in the emerging Irish industry.
O Cathain, now heading the successful oil company, Petroceltic, did not get to see the Corrib project to fruition. Following Shell’s takeover of Enterprise and planning difficulties with Corrib, O Cathain moved on. With hindsight, it was a good move.
19 October 2013