Press Release 12th May 2009 - Energy Conference in
Tarbert discusses alternatives to Shannon LNG project
'Safety Before LNG' is
congratulating local T.D Jimmy Deenihan for organising the first ever
public seminar entitled "Future Opportunities for Energy Generation
from Renewable Resources in the Shannon Estuary Region", describing it
as the first step in the right direction towards looking at the bigger
picture of an energy hub on the Shannon Estuary
and possible viable
alternatives to the Shannon LNG project.
The Argentinean and
Munster rugby player and President of Rosario BioEnergy, Frederico
Pucciariello, told the packed session that it was "the wrong
to keep going in fossil energy".
CEO Carlos Temboury
Ireland, the new owners of the Tarbert power station, unveiled its
plans to convert the power station to Natural Gas, which will,
however, see the output of the station drop from 620MW output to
absent from the seminar was Shannon LNG, fuelling speculation that the
American-owned multinational will use its considerable political
financial clout to oppose any other sources of renewable energy in
area that would reduce the country's dependence on the LNG fossil fuel
it hopes to import to the Estuary. Renewable wind, wave and tidal
energy projects would also pose a direct threat to the viability of the
gas-fired power station Shannon LNG plans to build adjacent to the
proposed LNG terminal, not least because of the direct challenges posed
by limited grid capacity in the region.
The 'Safety Before
group said that the penny is finally dropping that Shannon LNG does not
have the regions interests at heart, comparing Shannon LNG's attempt at
a fossil fuel stranglehold of energy supply in the region to the folly
of the M50 toll bridge. They say they will build the LNG terminal for
free but, like the M50 toll bridge, it is the Irish people who will pay
for it in the long run many times over.
The taboo of not
questioning the logic of the Shannon LNG project has finally been
broken by a local TD in the heartland of Tarbert. Maybe now that a
crticial assesment of the logic of the Shannon LNG project
the real debate can begin. It would be madness to
build an LNG terminal without seriously considering the alternatives.
debate proved that the various energy proposals for the estuary cannot
be processed individually but require joined-up strategic planning
which is not currently the case - especially with the existing problem
of grid capacity constraints.
Notes to Editor:
Brochure for Seminar:
Green Energy Resources
Future Opportunities for Energy Generation from Renewable
in the Shannon Estuary Region.
"Endesa's future plans for Tarbert Power
Carlos Temboury, Chief Executive Officer, Endesa Ireland.
Chairperson:JoanMurphy, Tarbert DevelopmentAssociation.
"The potential for wave power along the Kerry coastline".
Michael Whelan,Operations Director and Founding Member of
Dr. Tony Lewis, University College Cork.
Chairperson: James Clifford, Tralee Chamber of Commerce.
"Tidal technology and its application to the Shannon Estuary
Peter Corcoran. Chief Financial Officer, Open Hydro.
Chairperson: Dr. Henry Lyons.
"The potential development of a bio-fuel refinery in the Shannon
Estuary and the
positive spin off for the farming community".
FredericoPucciariello, President Rosario Bioenergy, Argentina and
Chairperson: Michael O'Carroll, Secretary & Harbour Master,Tralee
& Fenit Harbour
Organiser: Jimmy Deenihan T.D.