Press Release 15th April 2010:
Before LNG' to appeal CER decision to grant Shannon LNG a 25 year
exemption to regulated third party access directly to the European
Commission, claiming that 42% of its inital LNG supply going to 450
MW Endesa and 250 MW Shannon LNG power stations gives it pivotal
CER decision will make Endesa a hostage to Shannon LNG gas.
'Safety Before LNG' said
it will appeal directly to the European Commission the CER decision
today to grant Shannon LNG a 25 year exemption from regulated third party
access for the entire capacity of the proposed LNG terminal. (see http://www.safetybeforelng.ie/licensing/certhirdparty.htm )
'Safety Before LNG' says
that remarks made by Hess LNG CEO Gordon Shearer to a US-based LNG
journal, LNG Unlimited, proves that Shannon LNG will become a pivotal
supplier to 2 power stations controlling at least 700 Megawatts,
which is forbidden under EU law.
weekly publication's main title of April 9th
see http://www.lngunlimited.com/ ) read:
“Hess Power Play at Shannon LNG -
generating plant next door to Irish Import Terminal”.
In his comments, Gordon
Shearer, originally from Scotland, referring to the 250 MW plant it
will control under the name Ballylongford
Electricity Company is quoted as stating:
gas-fired power plant would swallow 10% to 15% of the terminal’s
initial send-out capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day”.
the 450MW of the proposed gas-fired Endesa Plant plant at Tarbert
which will not be able to access the national grid and will have to
take gas from Shannon LNG instead, this figure rises another 27% to
give a total of 42%
had asked the CER to allow 30% of the capacity of the terminal to be
regulated for only 20 years (see
) but the CER refused. It means that Endesa will now be a hostage to Shannon LNG gas.
gives Shannon LNG Pivotal supplier status in the power generation
market, an issue not even covered by the CER in its decision report. It
means that Endesa will now be a hostage to Shannon LNG gas.
went on to state:
power plant would take advantage of planned upgrades to the area’s
electricity grid with high voltage transmission lines due to be
installed adjacent to the Shannon LNG project”
also acknowledged that changes to the layout of the proposed LNG
terminal would have to be made and that the Irish Gas market is still
growing but these will require going back into the planning process, which we will fight vigorously.
Before LNG' believes that Shearer has unwittingly betrayed his plans
for Shannon LNG by stating that the Irish Gas market is still growing
in spite of the recession. The plan seems to be to turn the Irish
into gas junkies by monopolising supply to new gas-fired power plants
which will ultimately hold the country to ransom.
contolling access to gas for not one, but two, major power plants is
not considered a monopoly in Ireland, then we are sure that the EU
Commission will see differently”
Before LNG' already received a declaration from the EU Commission
in January that a Strategic Assessment (SEA) should have been
undertaken of the Shannon LNG project, which we believe will lead to
the Foreshore Licence being refused
(see http://www.safetybeforelng.ie/pressreleases/pressrelease20100410searequiredsayseu.htm ). The coast road will now become a
nightmare for local residents with this news about a massive
industrial zone of high-voltage transmission lines and a 250 Megawatt
gas-fired power plant to be added to the frightening LNG terminal in
a still rural scenic area.
Before LNG', however, says that each new revelation about the LNG
project makes the case for an SEA, as requested by the EU, now more
necessary than ever.