Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland (Vermilion) plan to undertake a geophysical and visual survey programme of the Corrib offshore gas pipeline, sections of the umbilical, Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal (BBGT) treated surface water outfall pipeline, and infield flowlines and umbilicals between the Corrib Field manifold and the landfall at Glengad, northwest Co. Mayo. In addition, the scope of work will include a programme of repair / renewal works at the P3 wellhead including some potential rectification works and integrity testing at the Corrib Field, which will also require the use of acoustic survey equipment. The surveys will inspect and assess the integrity of the subsea structures and are being undertaken to provide up-to-date seabed asset data, which will help determine the exact requirements of maintenance work scheduled for 2019 and beyond. The public are invited to make submissions in relation to this application. Submissions can be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie.
This application was posted on the Department's website on 16 April 2019 and any submission received by close of business on 28 May 2019 will be considered by the Minister.
Update 7 June 2019
Further to Regulation 42(3) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011-15 as amended (Birds and Habitats Regulations), Vermillion Exploration and Production Ireland Ltd have been directed to provide further information to enable screening for Appropriate Assessment be carried out on the application.
When received, the additional information will be published on the Department website and further submissions invited to be made on the additional material for the purposes of the AA Screening Assessment. Any submissions received will be taken into account in any final AA Screening Determination made in respect of this application.
Update 20 June, 2019
The applicant, as requested by the Department, provided additional information to the department so that screening for an Appropriate Assessment could be carried out. This additional information has been published on the Department's website on the 20 June, 2019.
The public are invited to make submissions in relation to the additional information until the 5 July, 2019. Submissions should be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie
Update 25 June, 2019
EIA Screening Assessment
Having regard to, inter alia, the requirements of the EIA Directive (Directive 2011/92/EU, as amended), in particular Article 4 thereof, and the observations received further to public consultation on the application submitted by Vermillion Exploration and Production Ireland Limited, it is considered that further information is required from the applicant to enable an EIA screening assessment be carried out on the Vermillion application.
On 25 June, the further information considered necessary to enable an EIA screening assessment and determination be made in respect of the Vermillion application was sought from the applicant.
When received, the additional information will be published on the Department website and further submissions invited to be made on the additional material. The additional public consultation in respect of the supplemental material will be for a period of 14 days. Any submissions received will be taken into account in carrying out an EIA Screening Assessment in respect of this application.
Update 5 July, 2019
Further to the Department request, the Applicant has provided additional information so that an EIA Screening Assessment can be carried out. This additional information has been published on the Department's website on 5 July, 2019.
The public are invited to make submissions in relation to the additional information until 19 July, 2019, which will be taken into account in carrying out an EIA screening assessment of the application. Submissions should be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie