Press Release March 3rd, 2009: Deputy told that LNG is a fossil fuel
‘Safety Before LNG’ group has criticised comments made by North Kerry
T.D. Jimmy Deenihan which could be interpreted as promoting the LNG
Terminal project at Tarbert as an environmentally-friendly “green
energy” project. The TD, according to the Kerryman newspaper of
February 25th 2009 has called “for a green energy park to be
created in the area“, saying “that Kerry could now become leaders in
Can someone please explain to Deputy Deenihan that
LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS is a fossil fuel and is dirtier than clean coal
Considering that SEMEURO has plans for a large
petroleum tank farm adjacent to the LNG terminal, we would like the
deputy to explain where we will be able to fit in any green energy
projects in this area next to the Whiddy-like SEMEURO fuel tanks, the
four 20-storey LNG tanks, the pipeline, the mooted gas-powered
electricity-generating station the 3 miles of high-powered cables from
Kilcolgan to Tarbert and the related road upgrading works.
New Zealand-based energy analyst Steve Goldthorpe has already
questioned the entire logic of the LNG project. He stated that “the
entire supply of natural gas for power generation in Ireland in 2007
would correspond to 38 shiploads of LNG per year” . As the developer
anticipates 125 ships a year then it is now evident that the LNG
project will have a crowding-out effect on the renewable energy sector
which will not be able to compete with the glut of natural gas that
will occur in the Irish market. The group fears the creation of a
fossil-fuel monopoly by Shannon LNG because of the capital investment
in large gas infrastructure projects which will use only gas - not
renewable energy sources.
The energy mix will now be weighted even
more in favour of fossil fuels and will definitely work counter to the
Government’s target of generating at least 40 per cent of electricity
from renewable sources by 2020.
It proves the point that there is no forward-thinking plan for the Shannon Estuary.
is time for people in positions of responsibility to refrain from
jumping on the green bandwagon to promote a fossil-fuel project. LNG is
not only dangerous; it is also dirty.
The largest LNG tankers in the
world will be delivering LNG to the largest LNG storage tanks in the
world in what will be the most sizeable hazard in Ireland and still no
Marine Risk Assessment has been undertaken of the risks and
consequences of an LNG spill on water. The bottom line is that there is
still no integrated plan for the Shannon Estuary -apart from
encouraging developer-led projects.
The project still requires
a Foreshore Licence, a licence from the CER and an IPPC licence from
the EPA, each of which could result in separate public oral hearings
which the ‘Safety Before LNG’ group will rigorously contest.
‘Safety Before LNG’ group also welcomes the government -sponsored
report by Transparency International which found that personal
relationships, patronage and political donations are believed to
influence political decisions and policy to a considerable degree in
Notes to Editor:
Kerryman, November 19th 2008 :
between the ESB and the LNG development should lead to an emphasis now
on the landbank tapping into the vast opportunities that are being
presented by green energy at present" (see Kerryman of November 19th 2008 ).
Kerryman, February 25th 2009:
Kerry TD, Jimmy Deenihan — who has called for a green energy park to be
created in the area — said that Kerry could now become leaders in clean
"North Kerry can take the lead on green energy now and we will
have to ensure the lead is not taken from us by our own lethargy or
"Importantly, this could also see Bord Gáis bringing
gas into Listowel, through local villages, and it would be important to
have customers there for them. Kerry Ingredients might see fit to
convert to gas to incentivise this possibility," Deputy Deenihan said.
Planning board gives green light to LNG pipeline
A NEW chapter in the history of
energy supply in north Kerry is set to begin after last week's decision
by An Bord Pleanála to greenlight a 26km gas pipeline that would
connect the proposed Shannon LNG gas plant to the national grid.
second major hurdle for Shannon LNG in constructing their proposed
€500million gas plant on the landbank, the permission for the pipeline
was welcomed by most in North Kerry — many seeing it as the only
positive development in the region's economic circumstance of late.
With new Tarbert-Island owners, Endesa, committed to building a new
gas-powered plant alongside the existing one and with an Bord Gáis
committed to running the national gas grid southward through Listowel
and Tralee towards Killarney, it is the region's only economic hope for
However, local protest groups — under the umbrella of Safety Before
LNG — say the Bord's decision is a 'corruption of the planning process'
due to the splitting of the gas terminal and gas pipeline in that
process. They claim this was done to 'circumvent a cumulative impact
assessment' of the entire project and have made a new challenge on the
legality of the project. This has already been accepted by the Bord as
a valid appeal and a decision on the matter is expected before May 11.
The pipeline would exit the gas terminal at Ralappane and travel the
26km underground as far as the nearest grid access at Leahy's near
Foynes. For Tarbert Development Association, this week's news is very
welcome. "We're relieved and delighted, though we're not surprised
seeing that it's only 26km of 2,000 nationally," PRO John Fox told The
"With Endesa's plans to build a gas-powered electricity plant within
the next three years, this could be the catalyst for the survival of
North Kerry in this difficult times. Between all projects, up to 1,000
people could be employed here letting us ride out the recession. The
only fly in the ointment is the appeal by the Safety Before LNG group,
but the good news is that the decision on that will be known by May and
we hope that will be the last of it," he said.
North Kerry TD, Jimmy Deenihan — who has called for a green energy
park to be created in the area — said that Kerry could now become
leaders in clean fuel.
"North Kerry can take the lead on green energy now and we will have
to ensure the lead is not taken from us by our own lethargy or anything
"Importantly, this could also see Bord Gáis bringing gas into
Listowel, through local villages, and it would be important to have
customers there for them. Kerry Ingredients might see fit to convert to
gas to incentivise this possibility," Deputy Deenihan said.