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Decommissioning of certain facilities within the Kinsale Head and Seven Heads Petroleum Lease areas

The Minister has received an application from PSE Kinsale Energy for the decommissioning of certain facilities of the Kinsale Head / Ballycotton gas fields and an application from PSE Seven Heads Limited for the decommissioning of certain facilities of the Seven Heads gas field. Production from the Kinsale Head gas field commenced in 1978, with Ballycotton and Seven Heads coming into production later. The fields are now coming to the end of their productive life. The facilities are located in the Celtic Sea, between approximately 40 and 70km off the County Cork coast and onshore at Inch, County Cork.

These applications cover the following activities:

  • Plugging and abandoning of development wells;
  • The removal of two platform topsides structures;
  • The removal of a number of subsea facilities.

These applications are the first of two. A further application will be made which will encompass all remaining structures in the gas fields.  Details of the facilities and proposed work schedule are contained in the decommissioning plans for the gas fields below. Consent has been sought for approval of an addendum to the Plan of Development for both gas fields, in accordance with Section 13 and 13A of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960, as amended and also to alter and remove certain facilities from a designated area under Section 5(2) of the Continental Shelf Act 1960, as amended. The applications are accompanied by Environmental Impact Assessment Report and an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report. These reports cover the environmental impacts of the entire decommissioning of the facilities.

Submissions

Submissions for this consultation process closed on the 31st July 2018. A decision by the Minister on this application, once made, will be posted on this webpage and a State newspaper.

Submissions on the application should be made for the attention of the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment and submitted:

  • By email to padadmin@dccae.gov.ie or
  • In writing to the Petroleum Affairs Division, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, 29-31 Adelaide Road, D02X285, Ireland.

Submissions for this consultation process closed on the 31st July 2018.

Responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014 (AIE). Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission, however parties should also note that any or all responses to the consultation are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts.  

Please not that due to the size of the document the Environmental Impact Assessment Report has been split into several files 

  • Volume 1
  • Volume 2: Part 1; Part 2: Part 3
  • Volume 3: Part 1; Part 2​ ​
Update​​
Following the consultation the Minister at DCCAE has decided that further environmental information is required from the applicants​. Further details can be found here.

Consultation Documents

 

 

Seven Heads Decommissioning Planhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/DecommissioningPlan_SevenHeadsNo.1_Issue1_120618.pdfSeven Heads Decommissioning Plan28/06/2018 17:00:00pdf2988182
Appropriate Assessment Screening for Kinsale Area Decommissioning Projecthttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/AAScreeningReport_Issue1_14062018.pdfAppropriate Assessment Screening for Kinsale Area Decommissioning Project27/06/2018 23:00:00pdf3043173
Kinsale Head Decommissioning Planhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/DecommissioningPlan_KinsaleHeadNo.1_Issue1_120618.pdfKinsale Head Decommissioning Plan27/06/2018 23:00:00pdf4903597
Environmental Impact Assessment Report Vol. 1 for Kinsale Area Decommissioning Projecthttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 1_NTS_Issue 1_300518.pdfEnvironmental Impact Assessment Report Vol. 1 for Kinsale Area Decommissioning Project27/06/2018 23:00:00pdf3549743
EIAR Vol 2. Part 3https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 2_Main Text _Part3_Section6-9_Issue 1_300518.pdfEIAR Vol 2. Part 327/06/2018 23:00:00pdf1706444
EIAR Vol 2. Part 1 https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 2_Main Text_Part1_Section1-3_Issue 1_300518.pdfEIAR Vol 2. Part 1 27/06/2018 23:00:00pdf5227698
EIAR Vol 2. Part 2https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 2_Main Text_Part2_Section4-5_Issue 1_300518.pdfEIAR Vol 2. Part 227/06/2018 23:00:00pdf4578209
EIAR Vol 3. Part 1https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 3_Appendices_Part1_Issue 1_300518.pdfEIAR Vol 3. Part 127/06/2018 23:00:00pdf3667131
EIAR Vol 3. Part 2https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/EIAR_VOLUME 3_Appendices_Part2_Issue 1_300518.pdfEIAR Vol 3. Part 227/06/2018 23:00:00pdf4398377
Kinsale Head application cover letter to Ministerhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/consultations/Documents/13/consultations/KH Letter to Minister.pdfKinsale Head application cover letter to Minister27/06/2018 23:00:00pdf1133956

Consultation Submissions