The Minister has received an application from PSE Kinsale Energy for the decommissioning of certain facilities of the Kinsale Head, including Southwest Kinsale, and Ballycotton gas fields (‘Kinsale Head gas fields’) and an application from PSE Seven Heads Limited for the decommissioning of certain facilities of the Seven Heads gas field. The Kinsale Head gas fields and facilities form part of the greater Kinsale Area gas fields and facilities. The Kinsale Area gas fields and facilities are made up of (1) the Kinsale Head gas fields and facilities and (2) the Seven Heads gas field and facilities. Together, the decommissioning of the entirety of the Kinsale Area gas fields and facilities is collectively referred to as the Kinsale Area Decommissioning Project (KADP).
The application in relation to the Kinsale Head gas fields covers the following activities:
The leaving in-situ of all infield pipelines and umbilicals associated with the Kinsale Head gas fields
The leaving in-situ of the 24” export pipeline (offshore and onshore section) and the filling of the onshore section with grout
The use of engineering materials (Rock Placement) to protect the pipelines and umbilicals in situ.
With regards to the Seven Heads gas field the application covers the following activities:
The leaving in-situ all infield pipelines and umbilicals associated with the Seven Heads gas field
The use of engineering materials (Rock Placement) to protect the pipelines and umbilicals in situ
Previous applications were submitted to and approved by the then Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). Ministerial consent was granted to an application for the plugging and abandonment of wells, removal of the two topsides structures and the removal of subsea facilities on 26 April 2019 and Ministerial consent was granted to an application for the removal of the platform jacket structures on 26 February 2020.
Details of the current applications are contained in the decommissioning plans below. Consent is being sought for approval of an addendum to the Plan of Development for the respective gas fields, in accordance with Sections 13 and 13A of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960, as amended.
In addition, pursuant to Section 5(2) of the Continental Shelf Act 1968, as amended, consent is being sought to alter certain facilities in the area designated, pursuant to Article 2 of the Continental Shelf (Designated Areas) Order 1993, as amended, for both applications.
The above applications are accompanied by an EIAR, EIAR Addenda, an AA Screening Report, and the AA Screening Report Addenda. These documents have been prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the entirety of the KADP, including the decommissioning of the Inch onshore gas terminal.
The public are invited to make submissions in relation to this application from 14 October 2021
or in writing to: Geoscience Regulation Office, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin, D02 X285, Ireland.
Submissions for this consultation process will be accepted up until close of business on the 17 November 2021.
A decision on the application, once made, will be posted on this webpage and will be posted in a national newspaper.
Kinsale Head Consent Application No. 3 - Letter to Minister
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