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Ireland’s planning body refuses development of an 8.25 bcm/year LNG terminal

The Irish planning body An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for an 8.25 bcm/year LNG regasification terminal, which was planned to be built in county Kerry on the west coast of Ireland. The Shannon LNG project, which would also have featured up to 180,000 cm of storage, would have required an investment of €650m.

An Bord Pleanála justified its decision by saying the development of the project at this time would be contrary to current government policy regarding climate objectives. In addition to the LNG terminal, the planning body also rejected plans for a 600 MW gas-fired power plant and a 120 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at the site near Tarbert.

As of end-2022, Ireland did not yet have any regasification capacity. The country imported nearly 3.9 bcm of gas in 2022, for a yearly consumption of 5.3 bcm.

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