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Shell’s chief in Corrib project calls it a day

Keith Bourke - Western People

THE managing director of Shell E&P Ireland Limited is to retire before the end of the year.

Terry Nolan announced his decision to staff recently. Mr Nolan joined Shell Ireland in 2006, having worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years.

Most of his career has been spent with Shell, including posts all over the world.

The Offaly native paid tribute to the people he had worked with and met during his time on the Corrib gas project.

“During the past five years, I have been fortunate to have been supported by a very committed and professional team.

“I am hugely proud of our many collective achievements on Corrib, none of which would have been possible without the fantastic support I have had from the whole Corrib organisation and our many contractors,” he said.

Mr Nolan succeeded the previous managing director of Shell Ireland, Andy Pyle, who stepped down from the role in 2008.

Shell declined to comment on who Mr Nolan’s potential successor may be.

His decision to retire comes as Shell embarks on the final phase of the Corrib Gas project.

Shell is beginning work on the final section of the 8.3km pipeline, approved by An Bord Pleanála with 58 conditions, which involves constructing a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon estuary - a Special Area of Conservation.

The Commercial Court is due to hear judicial reviews sought by An Taisce and several local residents in October, which challenge the planning board’s approval, and separate consents signed by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey on the day of the last general election.

Shell estimates it will take around two years to complete the work on the pipeline.

Shell to Sea have said that Mr Nolan joins a long list of Shell employees, government ministers and members of An Garda Síochána who have exited stage left before the epic drama that is Corrib finally concludes.

Posted Date: 
15 September 2011