Public Consultation on an application for consent to conduct a seismic survey and a geophysical and environmental site survey proposed by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited (formerly known as Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited) who currently hold Licensing Option LO 16/23 and PPL7/16.
An application for consent for a seismic survey and a geophysical and environmental site survey was received by the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 10 May 2019. The survey application was received from CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited within licensing option LO 16/23, granted by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment pursuant to Section 8 of the Petroleum Act 1960.
This application was posted on the Department's website on 29 May 2019 and the public are invited to make submissions in relation to this application up to the close of business on 30 June 2019.
Submissions can be sent to PADadmin@dccae.gov.ie.
The following documents were received:
Update 2 August, 2019
EIA Screening Assessment: Further Information Requested from Applicant
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 CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited ("CNOOC"), it is considered that further information is required from the applicant to enable an EIA screening assessment be carried out on the CNOOC application.
On 2 August, the further information considered necessary to enable an EIA screening assessment and determination be made in respect of the CNOOC 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 during a supplemental consultation 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 23 August, 2019
AA Screening Assessment: Further Information Requested from Applicant
Further to Regulation 42(3) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 477 of 2011) as amended (Birds and Habitats Regulations), CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited ("CNOOC") have been directed to provide further information to enable screening for Appropriate Assessment be carried out on the application.
On 23 August, 2019, the applicant was written to seeking the further information considered necessary to enable an AA screening assessment and determination be made in respect of the CNOOC application.
Any additional information, once received from the applicant, will be published on this Department website. A further public consultation in respect of the additional information will occur and will be for a period of 14 days. Information on this public consultation will be published on the Department website. Any submissions received will be taken into account in any final AA Screening Determination made in respect of this application.