At the request of this Department, Gas Networks Ireland and EirGrid conducted a study to evaluate Ireland’s resilience to a long duration gas disruption. They were also asked to examine the impact of potential mitigating measures like Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and gas storage, should these be deemed necessary.
The study found that Ireland’s gas network is largely resilient to cope with a long duration gas disruption in the medium to long term. However, there are options to further enhance Ireland’s security of gas supply. The report finds, subject to more detailed analysis, that floating LNG, usually referred to as a “Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU)”, coupled with increased bio-methane production, may be the most appropriate option.
This study will feed into the formulation of future policy measures to maintain the resilience of Ireland’s gas and electricity networks and supply