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Corrib gas step closer to pumping ashore

Monday, July 21 12:12:59

"Shell is putting finishing touches to its testing programme at its Corrib licence off the West Coast".

The long delayed E3.4 billion Corrib gas project consists of five wells and Shell E and P have been flaring gas from each of them over the past few days as part of the testing procedures.

The successful gas flare, confirming the production capacity of the P6 well, “means that all five Corrib wells are ready to flow," according to a Shell Ireland spokesperson.

The successful operation coincides with the firm lodging documents with the Companies Office confirming that it has provided a fresh cash injection of E100m to help complete the project.

According to the Shell Ireland spokesperson: “The three Corrib Gas Partners expect to invest circa E300m in the project during 2014. The E100m increase in share capital by Shell E and P Ireland Limited is to support Shell E and P Ireland Ltd’s ongoing activities in Ireland."

“Good progress continues to be made on the final elements of the Corrib gas project,” said a spokesperson.

“Offshore, the Ocean Guardian drilling rig - which has been at the Corrib field location since early May - has successfully completed its work on the P6 well. In the coming weeks, a number of other vessels will be working at the Corrib field, installing flowlines and other sub-sea infrastructure in preparation for first gas," they added.

“On land, a major project milestone was achieved with breakthrough in the Corrib tunnel which occurred on May 19, 2014. With the completion of tunnel construction, the coming months will see the 4.9km section of onshore gas pipeline being installed inside the tunnel along with the control umbilical and other services. Once tested, the tunnel will be backfilled with grout". Shell Ireland expects first gas to flow, from Corrib, in mid-2015.

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