2014 Statutory Assessments

‚Äč2014 Statutory Assessment of Environmental Statements (Seismic Surveys and Exploration Drilling)

It should be noted that the Rules and Procedures manual for Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Appraisal Operations Offshore Exploration is currently under review. The revised environmental section will be available shortly.

In the interim the following guidance can be referenced in compiling environmental assessment/appropriate assessment reports in support of applications to conduct activities under licences issued pursuant to the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960.


Shell E&P Ireland Limited - Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an application to conduct Well Site Surveys in the Corrib Field Slyne Basin

2014 01 06 Application to undertake P2 Site Surveys January 2014
2014 02 21 Corrib Field Rig Site Survey Environmental Risk Assessment
2014 02 10 Appropriate Assessment
2014 02 04 Corrib Site Survey P6P2 CM_Technical Recommendation
2014 01 28 Observations from Maritime Transport Division
2014 01 30 Observations from Irish Coast Guard
2014 01 30 Observations from Maritime Radio Affairs Unit
2014 02 03 Observations from Marine Survey Office
2014 02 04 Observations from Marine
2014 02 05 Observations from Defence Forces
2014 02 28 BEC Final Report Corrib Site Survey
2014 02 28 Submission
2014 02 28 DCENR Letter of Consent Well site surveys Slyne Basin2

ENI Ireland BV - Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an Application to conduct a regional 2D Seismic Survey offshore Ireland

Letter of Application from ENI
Submission Note for the Minister of State Recommencement of ENI 2D Survey
Letter from Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Observations re ENI Survey
Observations from BEC Consultants

Letter of Approval to Recommence 2D Seismic Survey
DCENR clarification RE Section 5 of Final MMO Report
ENI BGP Final MMO Report 22.08.2014
Final MMO Report Appendix A - PAD Irish Guidelines
Final MMO Report Appendix B - Vanishing Point Ltd PAM Set Up
Final MMO Report Appendix C - JNCC Marine Mammal Deck Forms
Final MMO Report Appendix D - Photographs
Final MMO Report Appendix E - Acoustic Detections
Final MMO Report Appendix F - Data Sheets

Polarcus Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an Application to conduct a regional 3D Seismic Survey - Porcupine Basin

20 06 2014 Submission to Minister
31 05 2014 Technical Recommendations
Appendix A Polarcus Environmental Report
Appendix B Polarcus Vessel Specifications June 2014
Appendix C (part 1) Pre-Survey Assessment of Fishing Activity
Appendix C (part 2) Pre-Survey Assessment of Fishing Activity
Appendix D (part 1) Polarcus Environmental Report
Appendix D (part 2) Polarcus Environmental report
Application for Geophysical Survey Polarcus MC
Bec Assessment Report Polarcus Porcupine 3D
MGE0426RP003F02 Polarcus Environmental Report
Observations from DAHG on Polarcus application
Observations from Defence Forces
Observations from Irish Coast Guard
Observations from Marine Institute
Observations from Maritime Radio Affairs Unit
Observations from Maritime Services Division
Letter of Approval to Carry Out 3D Seismic Survey
20.10.2014 Polarcus Final MMO Report
APPENDIX I - Figures and Maps
APPENDIX II - Sightings
APPENDIX III - PAM Set-up
APPENDIX IV - Flow Chart for NPWS Mitigation
APPENDIX V - Operations Data
APPENDIX VI - Photos and Images
APPENDIX VII - Excel Recording Forms
Clarification of Polarcus Query regarding Compliance with NPWS Guidelines

Capricorn Ireland Ltd Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an Application to conduct a 3D Seismic Survey in the Porcupine Basin

Capricorn Signed Submission to Minister 09.07.2014
Capricorn Signed Letter of Approval to carry out a 3D Seismic Survey 11.07.2014
Observations from IRCG 20.06.2014
Capricorn Application for Approval to Conduct a Geophysical Survey 21.05.2014
Capricorn Porcupine Basin 3D SS Environmental Assessment 22.05.2014
Capricorn Porcupine Basin 3D SS Habitats Directive Screening Assessment 22.05.2014
Observations from Maritime Services Division 25.06.2014
Observations from DAHG 26.06.2014
Observations from Defence Forces 26.06.2014
BEC Final Assessment Report Capricorn Porcupine 3D SS 27.06.2014
Technical Recommendations (Capricorn Porcupine 3D SS) 28.05.2014
15.10.2014 Capricorn Final Marine Mammal Observer Report
APPENDIX 1-JNCC Marine Mammal Recording Forms MMO Report
APPENDIX 2 - Sightings Photographs (Selection) MMO Report
Note of Information RE APPENDIX 3
APPENDIX 4 - 40 Minute Automated Soft-start Sequence MMO Report


SeaBird Exploration Multi-Client Limited Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an Application to conduct 2D Seismic Survey in the Porcupine Basin and Goban Spur Basin.
Appendices to Application

BEC Final Assessment Report Seabird Porcupine 2D 08.07.2014
Cover Note for Minister 11.07.2014
Observations from DAHG 01.07.2014
Observations from IRCG 11.07.2014
Observations from Maritime Services Division 08.07.2014
Pre-survey Assessment of Fishing Activity 04.07.2014
Seabird 2D Seismic Survey Environmental Report Addendum 04.07.2014
Seabird Signed Letter of Approval 17.07.2014
Seabird Signed Submission to Minister 17.07.2014
Seabird Technical Recommendation 03.07.2014
Seabird-Geopartners-Polarcus Addendum Application for 2D Survey 03.07.2014
Seabird-Geopartners-Polarcus Application for 2D Survey 20.06.2014
Seabird-Geopartners-Polarcus Environmental Report
Seabird-Geopartners-Polarcus Habitats Directive Assessment Screening
Seabird Application for Revision of Letter of Approval 15.08.2014
Seabird Revised Letter of Approval 21.08.2014
Seabird Final MMO Report 21.11.2014
Seabird MMO log_Porcupine
Seabird MMO Recording Effort

Searcher Seismic Pty Ltd Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an Application to conduct a 2D Seismic Survey in the Porcupine, Goban Spur and Slyne Basins.

Appendices to Application
BEC Final Assessment Report Searcher Seismic Porcupine 2D 02.07.2014
Cover Note for Minister 11.07.2014
Observations from DAHG 01.07.2014
Observations from Defence Forces 08.07.2014
Observations from IRCG 03.07.2014
Observations from Maritime Radio Affairs Unit 04.07.2014
Observations from Maritime Services Division 08.07.2014
Observations from SFPA 03.07.2014
Pre-survey Assessment of Fishing Activity 07.07.2014
Searcher Seismic Addendum to Environmental Report 26.06.2014
Searcher Seismic Echidna 2D Survey Environmental Assessment
Searcher Seismic Echidna Survey Application letter
Searcher Seismic Echidna Technical Application
Searcher Seismic Signed Letter of Approval 17.07.2014
Searcher Seismic Technical Recommendations 2D SS 23.06.2014
Searcher Signed Submission to Minister 17.07.2014
SearcherSeismic Echidna 2D Survey Habitats Directive Assessment Screening

Shell E&P Ireland Limited Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an application to conduct an Acoustic and Visual Survey as part of a Pipeline Inspection in the Corrib Field.

BEC Final Assessment Report Corrib Pipeline Inspection Survey 08.07.2014
Corrib Offshore Pipeline Inspection Survey Risk Assessment for Annex IV Species 16.06.2014
Corrib Offshore Pipeline Inspection Survey Screening for Appropriate Assessment 16.06.2014
Corrib Offshore Survey Application 2014 03.06.2014
Observations from DAHG 04.07.2014
Observations from Defence Forces 21.07.2014
Observations from DTTAS 17.07.2014
Observations from IRCG 21.07.2014
Observations from Marine Institute 17.07.2014
Observations from Maritime Services Division 18.07.2014
Signed Letter of Approval Corrib Pipeline Inspection Acoustic Survey 30.07.2014
Signed Submission to the Minister Corrib Pipeline Inspection Acoustic Survey 29.07.2014
Technical Review Corrib Pipeline and Umbilical Inspection survey 22.07.2014
Corrib Gasfield offshore works 2014 - Marine Mammal Observations Annual Report 2014

Shell E&P Ireland Limited Statutory Assessment of an Environmental Statement accompanying an application to conduct an Acoustic and Visual Survey as part of Subsea Construction Works in the Corrib Field.

BEC Final Assessment Report Corrib Subsea Construction Works 23.07.2014
Corrib Subsea Construction Works Risk Assessment for Annex IV Species 07.07.2014
Corrib Subsea Construction Works Screening for Appropriate Assessment 07.07.2014
Observations from DAHG 22.07.2014
Observations from Defence Forces 21.07.2014
Observations from IRCG 21.07.2014
Observations from Marine Institute 18.07.2014
Observations from Maritime Services Division 18.07.2014
Signed Letter of Approval Corrib Survey Subsea Construction 30.07.2014
Signed Submission to Minister Corrib Acoustic Survey Subsea Construction 29.07.2014
Technical Review Corrib Subsea Construction Works Survey 23.07.2014
Corrib Gasfield offshore works 2014 - Marine Mammal Observations Annual Report 2014