Natural gas plan ‘inappropriate’ until review

Plans for construction of US company’s controversial import base and power plant in Co Kerry have been halted pending an energy review

The Department of Environment, Climate and Communication drew attention to the programme for government, which states: ‘As Ireland moves towards carbon neutrality, we do not believe that it makes sense to develop LNG gas import terminals importing fracked gas’.

It would be “inappropriate” for any liquefied natural gas infrastructure to be built in Ireland until an energy review has been carried out, a top official at the Department of the Environment has told the Shannon LNG project.

The news comes as American energy company New Fortress Energy has resubmitted a planning application for its €500 million Shannon LNG import terminal and gas-fired power plant in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, after the former planning application was ...