|On December 9th
2009, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) gave a licence to
Shannon LNG to construct the 26km Shannon LNG pipeline with only a few
The pipeline must be built within 5 years of the consent given (the LNG
terminal itself is 10 years).
The pipeline will need further approval on safety grounds before it
actually goes into operation. The safety assessment will not be done
until the LNG terminal is built and the CER has not completed,
therefore, any safety assessment of the LNG project itself.
CER said that they undertook a safety assessment of the pipeline proposal but
gave no details of who did this assessment or the findings which is
interesting as the CER does not have any LNG expertise and the CER
that there was no requirement for a marine LNG risk assessment.
even though there has still been no risk assessment of the ship
movements of LNG, and despite the recent European Court of Human Rights
case into the exact same lack of a marine risk assessment in the
Milford Haven LNG terminals and the recent Corrib Pipeline ruling where
the corrib pipeline is not allowed to be built in an area if an
accident would pose a danger to residents the CER has
just proved it does not give a damn about the safety issues surrounding
what will become the most sizeable hazard in Ireland.
Even more bizzarely Denis Cagney, Director of Gas at the CER,
stated to 'Safety Before LNG' in its decision notification on December
9th 2009 that:
" I should add,
incidentally, that Shannon LNG will not be entitled to actually operate
the proposed LNG terminal until it has applied for and received a
license to operate from the Commission. A prior condition to issuing
such a license would be that the Commission has approved a Safety Case
for the facility."
So, the CER, which will obtain even more unaccountable powers with the
Exploration and Extraction (Safety) Bill 2007 " has officially
stated that it will wait until the €500 million LNG terminal and
Pipeline is built before doing a safety assessment to determine whether
or not it should have been built in the first place.