Statement by the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association

The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) welcomes the clarification today from the Government of Ireland that existing exploration licenses will be unaffected and the Government announcement at the United Nations Climate Action Summit only relates to future licenses not those granted in the 2015 Licence Round.

The clarification is clear that the Government’s proposals ‘will relate to future applications’ and that ‘existing licences will remain valid’.

As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with stakeholders to ensure energy transition and energy security for Ireland IOOA has written to the Minister responsible for offshore exploration, Sean Canney TD, seeking a meeting on the implications of yesterday’s announcement.

IOOA, Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Johnston added:

“The clarification that the announcement in the Taoiseach’s speech does not affect existing licences is welcome. However, it is important that further clarity is given on how the Government’s proposal for future licencing rounds will be implemented. With this in mind and as a representative body investing considerably in offshore Ireland we are seeking a meeting with Minister Canney at the earliest possible opportunity.”


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