Written Answers. - Whiddy Island (County Cork) Mooring Facility.

Liz O'Donnell

Question:

19 Ms O'Donnell asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the present position regarding the proposals to install a single point mooring facility at Whiddy Island oil depot, County Cork. [8939/95]

Helen Keogh

Question:

27 Ms Keogh asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the present position regarding the proposals to install a single point mooring facility at Whiddy Island oil depot, County Cork. [8937/95]

Desmond J. O'Malley

Question:

36 Mr. O'Malley asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the present position regarding the proposals to install a single point mooring facility at Whiddy Island oil depot, County Cork. [8938/95]

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 19, 27 and 36 together.

I have recently instructed the Irish National Petroleum Corporation to restore the oil terminal at Whiddy Island County Cork, to operational status by installing one single point mooring for the discharge and loading of crude oil. It is hoped that substantive work on the project will commence on the island next month and will be completed during 1995.

The new facility will provide ready access to oil stocks already stored at the terminal in the event of a supply disruption, and will enable the stocks there to be augmented. It will also facilitate possible additional storage and oil trading activities at Whiddy by third parties.