Shell Welcomes Major Step Forward in Corrib Gas Project

Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to uphold Mayo County Council's decision to grant planning permission for the proposed gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge, County Mayo, which is to be built to bring Corrib Gas ashore.

"We are delighted to have received An Bord Pleanála's positive decision for Corrib", said Mr Andy Pyle, Managing Director, SEPIL, "We will now review the full report and associated conditions from An Bord Pleanála and assess what it may mean for the current plans for Corrib as a new integrated gas project. This decision represents a major step forward for the project."

Mayo County Council granted planning permission for the gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge, County Mayo and associated peat deposition site at Srahmore in April 2004.

"We have worked closely with many experts in the submission of the planning application to ensure the project incorporates the highest technical and health, environmental and safety standards and we are pleased that both Mayo County Council and An Bord Pleanála are satisfied with our proposals." said Mr Pyle. "We welcome the fact that public scrutiny and input is an essential part of the Irish planning process, which has been very thorough. We believe that this decision will enable the public to have full confidence in the project. We look forward to working with the local community as the development progresses."

The Corrib co-venturers are Shell E&P Ireland (operator) with 45.0%; Statoil Exploration (Ireland) Ltd with 36.5%; and Marathon International Petroleum Hibernia Limited with 18.5%.