Irish regulator lays down the law for new gas refinery

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that it has granted a licence to Shell E&P Ireland Limited to develop gas refinery and combustion plant facilities.

While the EPA said that it had given the go ahead to the company to establish gas refinery and combustion plant facilities at Bellanaboy Bridge in County Mayo, it added that the licence contains more than 90 individual conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, control and monitoring of the installation.

Furthermore, the EPA has said that it will carry out its own independent inspection and monitoring of emissions from the installation and give the public access to all monitoring results and reports.

A statement from the organisation said: "The EPA is satisfied that emissions from the refinery, when operated in accordance with the conditions of the licence, will not adversely affect human health or the environment and will meet all relevant national and EU standards.

"In addition to imposing significant controls on the operation of the installation the licence sets out a series of monitoring and reporting requirements, which will provide the EPA and the general public with detailed insight into the environmental performance of the installation."

James Cooper



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