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Shannon LNG planning refusal goes against EU policy – MEP Kelly expresses disappointment

Published: Fri, 15 September 2023

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15 September 2023

Sean Kelly MEP has expressed disappointment with the news that An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the proposed development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Shannon estuary, Co Kerry.

“I firmly believe that the decision to refuse the development of a LNG terminal in the Shannon estuary is a strategic mistake for Ireland”, Kelly said.

“This decision goes against the direction of EU policy, at a time when huge efforts are being made in Europe to boost our energy independence and resilience.”

“Additionally, development of a Shannon Estuary LNG terminal would have provided a significant economic boost to local communities. This planned investment enjoyed wide support amongst the local community in North Kerry, who are aware of the job opportunities and investment such a plant could bring to the area.”

“As one of the deepest ports in Europe, the Shannon Estuary must be front and centre of Ireland’s Industrial policy. We should consider that, looking forward, ports will be fundamental to the energy transition. We should be investing now in our ports, especially if we are serious about developing offshore wind and green hydrogen production in the future”

“We have been waiting on an energy security review for a number of years, and now the energy security package is supposedly pending. I would like to see a full detailed analysis as to the impact that the decision not to have a Shannon LNG terminal will have on Ireland’s energy security, considering the depletion of the Corrib Gas Field and our over-reliance on the connection to the UK for gas supplies.”, Kelly concluded.


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