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Gas from Corrib will be in Irish homes by mid-2015

The controversial pipeline will meet almost half of the country’s gas needs in 2015 and 2016.

A Shell to Sea protester pictured in Ballinaboy in 2011.
A Shell to Sea protester pictured in Ballinaboy in 2011.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

GAS IS EXPECTED to be available from the controversial Corrib gas field by mid-2015.

Construction on the onshore section of the pipeline is expected to be completed by Shell early next year.

Junior Energy and Natural Resources Minister Joe McHugh recently told the Dáil the Corrib project will make “a significant contribution” to Ireland’s gas supply.

“It is estimated that the project will have an operating life span of between 15 to 20 years and gas production will on average meet 42% of all island gas demand over the first 2 years of operation declining thereafter,” McHugh said.

“I understand that the bulk of the gas produced from the Corrib field will be supplied to the national grid via the 149km pipeline constructed by Bord Gáis Networks and which runs from the Gas terminal in Bellinaboy, Co Mayo to Ballymoneen outside of Galway,” he added.

When responding to a parliamentary question asked by Deputy Bernard Durkan, McHugh said there have been “no new commercial discoveries of oil and gas within the territory of the State since the discovery of the Corrib Gas Field in 1996″.

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