Shannon LNG plans could be damaged by project in Port of Cork

Plans for a liquified natural gas project in Cork could be detrimental to plans for the Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank.

The Port of Cork received permission to proceed with plans for that will see the installation of a new jetty in Whitegate to berth a container ship storing liquid nitrogen gas.

John Fox of the Tarbert Development Association says a multi-million-euro gas supply project in the Port of Cork, which will have the capacity to supply much of the country’s power, will lessen Shannon LNG’s chances of getting the go-ahead.

He says if the Shannon LNG project had commenced since receiving planning permission over a decade ago, it would be operational now, with a 500 mega-watt power station and an LNG terminal situated in the landbank in Tarbert-Ballylongford landbank.

Mr Fox adds the country is not large enough to support two LNG projects, and that North Kerry could be the one to lose out.