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Ireland's new safety framework for oil and gas extraction and production will be informed by lessons learned after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Irish Times reports.
A report published last week by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) outlined that the framework will be developed over the next two years, will be independent of the Department of Energy, and will be implemented in an "open and transparent manner".
The report also highlighted overlaps - and gaps - between state agencies involved in monitoring or working with the oil and gas industry.
One step towards resolving this is the CER's new remit for public safety - which applies to controversial project such as the Corrib gas field.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Ireland's new safety framework for oil and gas extraction and production will be informed by lessons learned after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Irish Times reports.

A report published last week by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) outlined that the framework will be developed over the next two years, will be independent of the Department of Energy, and will be implemented in an "open and transparent manner".

The report also highlighted overlaps - and gaps - between state agencies involved in monitoring or working with the oil and gas industry. 

One step towards resolving this is the CER's new remit for public safety - which applies to controversial project such as the Corrib gas field. 

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Coastal Notes
Controversy has arisen over the decision by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey to grant key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election.
According to the Irish Times, the Department of Energy said consent to construct the pipeline was issued "as a matter of course" after An Bord Pleanála approved the new pipeline route in January.
But Green Party sources told the paper that a recommendation on the consent application by Shell Ireland had not arrived on the desk of former Energy Minister Eamon Ryan before he left office that month.
Meanwhile, An Taisce is seeking a judicial review of the planning decision, which is believed to breach a number of EU directives.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, planning for the last 8km stage of the Corrib pipeline - which runs through a special area of conversation - was only approved with 58 conditions related its construction and management.
Labour Party president Michael D Higgins told The Irish Times: “This is not a decision that one would regard as 'clearing one’s desk' as minister, as it has very serious implications."
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Controversy has arisen over the decision by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey to grant key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election.

According to the Irish Times, the Department of Energy said consent to construct the pipeline was issued "as a matter of course" after An Bord Pleanála approved the new pipeline route in January.

But Green Party sources told the paper that a recommendation on the consent application by Shell Ireland had not arrived on the desk of former Energy Minister Eamon Ryan before he left office that month.

Meanwhile, An Taisce is seeking a judicial review of the planning decision, which is believed to breach a number of EU directives.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, planning for the last 8km stage of the Corrib pipeline - which runs through a special area of conversation - was only approved with 58 conditions related its construction and management.

Labour Party president Michael D Higgins told The Irish Times: “This is not a decision that one would regard as 'clearing one’s desk' as minister, as it has very serious implications."

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Coastal Notes

Energy Minister Eamon Ryan announced today that Irish company Wavebob Ltd has secured a grant of $2.4 million (€1.83 million) from the US Department of Energy to prepare for a commercial-scale wave energy demonstration project planned for US waters in 2013.

Minister Ryan also announced that Bord Gáis is to invest €1.8m in Wavebob Ltd, bringing the total investments to €3.6 million .

The Minister said, "The Irish Government is committed to the development and commercialisation of ocean energy. Wavebob is an innovative Irish company that is thriving even in this tough economic climate, securing one investment after another from major energy utilities at home and abroad.

The recognition of Wavebob's potential by the US Department of Energy also goes to show that as the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, the exploitation of new, clean energy sources is becoming more and more urgent. The Irish Government will continue our absolute commitment to the emergent ocean energy sector and to encouraging the work of world-class companies such as Wavebob.

Renewable energy is the way forward for Ireland. We can use our own homegrown energy and create the new Irish jobs. I wish Wavebob well in their venture"

The grant forms part of $37m in marine and hydrokinetic energy grants announced by the US Department. It will be used to further develop Wavebob Ltd.'s wave energy converter (WEC), which is currently in pre-commercial development. At full scale, the device is capable of producing in excess of one megawatt of energy with average output of over 500kW at sites in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The 'Wavebob' was one of the first WEC's in the world to successfully produce electricity from ocean swell in 2007. The US Department of Energy grant will be used specifically to develop and test their advanced power take-off device. The project benefits from support and collaboration with Vattenfall, one of Europe's largest utility companies, and Chevron and Lockheed Martin in the US.

"The Department of Energy's funding program for marine hydrokinetic technologies is vital to the development of both products and markets, at home and abroad. We are honoured to be selected for this award through a highly competitive process, and to be working with a distinguished team of leaders in maritime technology", said Derek Robertson, President of Wavebob's US operations based in Annapolis, Maryland.

Traditional sources of finance for technology development have become more and more scarce as a result of the global economic crisis, with the result that many Irish companies are struggling to survive. On the bright side however, Andrew Parish, C.E.O. of Wavebob Ltd., feels that the Irish energy utilities are making particularly good use of state assets in recognizing the world-class potential of a small Irish indigenous company such as Wavebob Ltd. "This investment from Bord Gáis builds on a previous technical agreement with ESBI and clearly demonstrates that Irish utilities recognize the ocean energy opportunity and are key agents of Government policy in maximizing the potential to Ireland of this immense natural resource", he said.

John Mullins, CEO of Bord Gais, says that Ireland has one of the best wave resources off its west coast, "It is important that utilities such as Bord Gais foster the development of companies like Wavebob, to enable them to advance their technology. Bord Gais will be actively involved in this development and we will commit our own resources to its advancement", " he said.

Published in Power From the Sea

Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

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.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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