A new report says Ireland needs to build a liquid natural gas terminal.
The Irish Academy of Engineering says the terminal is among the measures needed to secure the country’s future energy supply.
The comments follow a trade agreement between the EU and the US which includes a guarantee to buy LNG from the US.
The move has been described as positive for the Shannon LNG project on the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank.
Around €60 million euro has been spent on the project, which has been beset by delays.