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Looming Crisis - Now Is the Time to Tackle Gas

8th August 2018
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Ireland is nearing a time when we will have to rely on the kindness of strangers for supplies of natural gas given dwindling gas supplies notably at the Kinsale Gas Field. Afloat adds above Naval Service L.E. Róisín patrols with the backdrop of one of the facilities two production platforms offshore of Co. Cork. Ireland is nearing a time when we will have to rely on the kindness of strangers for supplies of natural gas given dwindling gas supplies notably at the Kinsale Gas Field. Afloat adds above Naval Service L.E. Róisín patrols with the backdrop of one of the facilities two production platforms offshore of Co. Cork. Photo: Naval Service - facebook

#CoastalNotes - In the The Irish Times, Cantillon comments that The Irish Academy of Engineering is not a body given to over-reaction or wild predictions. In fact, the organisation behaves much like the professionals in its ranks, carefully assessing problems before proposing solutions.

So when its latest report, Natural Gas Essential for Ireland’s Future Energy Security, makes it clear there are risks looming for supplies of a key fuel, policy-makers should pay attention.

The academy makes it clear that we are nearing a time when we will have to rely on the kindness of strangers for supplies of natural gas, an important fuel in this country that is responsible for half the electricity we use.

At the moment, the Corrib Field provides 60 per cent of what we use, while Kinsale adds 5 per cent. The rest comes from the North Sea via Scotland. Corrib is beginning to decline, while Kinsale is almost empty. By 2030 those pipes from Scotland's North Sea will be our only source of natural gas.

Further observations from the business column can be read here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

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