Tuesday, 20 September 2022
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
98. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will clarify the policy in relation to building a liquefied national gas terminal here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45736/22]
The Government's position on LNG is set out in the Policy Statement on importing fracked gas which was published in May 2021. The policy statement provides that, pending the outcome of a security of supply review, it would not be appropriate for the development of any LNG terminals in Ireland to be permitted or proceeded with. As set out in the National Energy Security Framework, which was published in April 2022, a review of the energy security of Ireland’s gas and electricity systems is being carried out by my Department, following which the results will be submitted to Government. This review is focussed on the period to 2030 and will examine the risks to security of supply and a range of potential mitigating options. The review includes a technical analysis which will help inform public consultation. The technical analysis includes identification and examination of the key risks to the security of supply in the electricity and natural gas systems; identification of options that could address or mitigate these risks in the period to 2030; and appraisal of these options in the context of ensuring a sustainable pathway to 2050. The underlying technical analysis has been updated to take into account the war in Ukraine.
My Department is carrying our a public consultation as part of the review and I would encourage all parties to submit their views in this consultation.