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Kinsale gas fields to be decommissioned

Monday, 16th April, 2018 9:59am

Plans are being put in place to decommission the Kinsale area gas fields with the gas reserves expected to be depleted by 2020 or 2021.
PSE Kinsale Energy Limited has this morning confirmed that it is preparing to submit a decommissioning plan to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to decommission the Kinsale area gas fields. 
The Kinsale Head, Ballycotton, Seven Heads and South-West Kinsale gas fields lie approximately 50 kms off the south coast of County Cork and have been in production since 1978.
When the gas has depleted, decommissioning activities will take place intermittently over a number of years, once field production ceases. 
All wells will be permanently plugged and the associated facilities like platforms, pipelines, cables, subsea structures and the onshore terminal at Inch, East Cork will be decommissioned too. 
Fergal Murphy, CEO, PSE Kinsale Energy Limited, said: “The Kinsale area gas fields will reach the end of their productive life by 2020 or 2021, having been on-stream continuously since 1978. During this time the fields have contributed significantly to the local economy and to the development of the natural gas industry in Ireland. 
“We are now moving forward with our plans to decommission the facilities safely, efficiently and with due regard for the environment, in accordance with all legislative requirements.”
 The Kinsale Energy project team is engaging with a range of key stakeholders regarding the decommissioning project and will host a public information session at the Clayton Hotel Cork City on Wednesday 18 April from 4-8pm. Information about the project is available at
Kinsale Energy says that it has engaged specialist consultants to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report and an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report in accordance with relevant EU Directives. 
The primary consenting authority for the project will be the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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