Establishment of the Technical Advisory Group

In mid 2005, following concerns expressed by members of the community in the area in which the project is located, the Corrib Developers agreed to suspend works, pending the outcome of an independent safety review. The Technical Advisory Group ("TAG") was appointed by the Minister to deal with two distinct elements of the Corrib project. The first of these was to administer a thorough and independent safety review of the onshore upstream section of the Corrib gas pipeline. Following a tender competition, Advantica, a UK consulting company was chosen, to conduct the safety review. The second was to put in place and administer an upgraded monitoring and inspection regime for the pipeline. Further details on TAG and related publications can be found here.

Background

In the meantime a mediator (Mr. Peter Cassells) appointed by the Minister, had engaged in a seven month period of consultation with the community in the region and SEPIL. While unable to reach an agreement between the parties, he did make a series of recommendations on the issues. One of these recommendations was "that SEPIL modify the route of the pipeline in the vicinity of Rossport to address community concerns regarding proximity to housing".

The Corrib Developers agreed to do so and following a route selection process involving several months of public consultation, a proposed new route was selected by the Corrib Developers for the gas pipeline between landfall and the terminal.

Following the new route selection, SEPIL submitted an application in March 2008 for a new Pipeline Authorisation and an amended Plan of Development to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

In January 2009 this application was withdrawn with a new application submitted to the Minister on the 9 February 2009. SEPIL's decision to modify the route of the pipeline between landfall and the terminal resulted in further applications to:

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