Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (132)

Brendan Griffin


132. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the actions he is taking to help ensure that the Shannon LNG project in County Kerry will proceed; his views on the employment and economic benefits associated with this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9944/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I and Government colleagues have consistently been supportive of the proposal by Shannon LNG to construct a LNG terminal near Ballylongford, County Kerry. Such a facility, together with the bringing onshore of Corrib Gas would provide important security of gas supply for Ireland in future years.

The Deputy will be aware that on 29 June 2012 the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) published its decision on the treatment of the gas interconnectors. The Deputy will also be aware of Shannon LNG’s application to the Courts for Judicial Review of the CER decision of 29 June last. The case is due to commence on 28 February. In view of the legal process now in train and the fact that Ireland and the Attorney General have been named as respondents in the case I will not be making further comment in the matter.

Question No. 133 answered with Question No. 97.