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The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline has been voted Engineering Project of the Year, it has been announced. The Corrib Gas Field, approximately 83km off the coast of Mayo, has become a critical piece of national infrastructure that will produce much of Ireland’s future gas supplies over the next 15 to 20 years. It is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the State’s history, costing approximately €3.5 billion and will contribute some €6 billion to Ireland’s GDP.
The official launch of the controversial Corrib Natural Gas took today in Erris earlier this week, with Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Joe McHugh performing the official duties.
Natural gas flowed for the first time from the controversial Corrib Gas Field today (Wednesday, December 29). The project which has been dogged with controversy for many years received the final approvals it needed for the gas to flow from the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Alex White on Tuesday (December, 28) evening.
Shell E&P Ireland says it is still on schedule to have gas flowing from the Corrib Gas Field within the next six months.
The announcement by Minister for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd this week of the details of the 2015 Atlantic Margin Oil and Gas Exploration licensing round were described as ‘cosmetic’ by Shell to Sea this week.
Shell has announced the onshore section of the controversial pipeline to bring gas from the Corrib field to be processed at Bellanaboy Bridge Terminal has been successfully completed.
The campaign group Shell to Sea has slammed the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for selecting British consultancy firms Wood Mackenzie as the advisors on a new review of Ireland’s oil and gas fiscal terms.
The cost of the Corrib gas project is set to soar to €3.4 billion before it is completed.
The cost of policing the Corrib gas project has now reached €16 million.