There are signs of progress on the horizon for supporters of the Shannon LNG Ltd project following the announcement on Tuesday that New Fortress Energy is to apply for planning permission for the first phase of the LNG plan at what it is branding the Shannon Technology & Energy Park (STEP).
n Bord Pleanála has determined that the proposed development is within the scope of the Planning & Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, which requires that the planning application be made directly to An Bord Pleanála.
The application for the first phase of the site comprises a 600MW Power Plant and a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal. The 600MW Combined Cycle Gas Power Plant will also have an integrated 120 MW One-Hour Ultra-Fast Response Battery Storage Facility for renewable generation back-up.
Moreover, the LNG Terminal will import LNG – natural gas that has been cooled to approximately -160 °C to reduce its volume and facilitate shipping. A Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be moored at a jetty to receive and store the LNG. The Terminal will also ‘regasify’ the LNG and send the gas to the Power Plant and to the national gas grid.
New Fortress Energy/Shannon LNG is now embarking on a public consultation process via a virtual information ‘room’, which has been developed and will be hosted on the website address, which goes live on Wednesday, 23 June (today).
It contains all the information that would normally be displayed at a physical Open Day, which the firm say has not been possible due to Covid restrictions. The consultation will reveal details of the proposed development, representative views of the development and a feedback mechanism. “This first phase of development – the €650 million Power Plant & Terminal – will create 270 construction jobs over a 3-year construction period with 70 long-term jobs, once operational,” said Sam Abdalla, Vice President of Project Development, New Fortress Energy.
To view the development plans, visit: https://step.consultation.ai/.