The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) has today welcomed the official announcement by Shell E&P Ireland and their partners that the first gas has begun to flow from the Corrib gas field.

Commenting, Professor Pat Shannon, Chairman of IOOA said,

“The arrival of first gas from the Corrib gas field is a welcome and very significant development in Ireland’s energy sector and particularly for the oil and gas exploration industry. It sends a message to the industry domestically and internationally that the development of indigenous offshore energy supplies is a priority for Ireland. It comes at a very appropriate time, given the heightened interest in the recent Atlantic Margin Licensing Round and the recent Energy White Paper noting the important contribution of oil and gas to Ireland’s future energy mix and overall energy security, with the potential to deliver significant and sustained benefits.

This is the first commercial gas field in the Atlantic Margin basins west of Ireland. It has already brought significant economic and infrastructural benefits to the local community in Co. Mayo, as well as Irish industry through companies based in Mayo, Donegal, Limerick and elsewhere in the country. It is a milestone in Ireland’s energy security.”

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