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 1968, 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.
Following the previous public consultation, the Minister at DCCAE determined that in order to make a decision on the application, significant further environmental information is required from the applicants. Details of the information sought can be found here. This further information has now been received by the Minister in relation to the above applications.
Submissions for this consultation process closed on 17th December 2018. A decision by the Minister on the applications, once made, will be posted on this webpage.
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 may be clearly identified in your submission, however, parties should also note that such responses to the consultation are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts and Access to Environmental Information Requests, and information may be released regardless of commercial sensitivity of information submitted.