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Dublin delays Corrib decision

Rob Watts -

A key planning decision on Shell’s Corrib gas project in west Ireland is to be deferred again by several weeks.

The decision on Shell's application for a new route for the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline had been due tomorrow.

“The file is with the board but more time is needed to deliberate,” an official with An Bord Pleanala, the Irish planning authority, said this morning.

He said the decision could take a number of weeks.

It is understood the announcement will officially be made tomorrow.

Shell said it was unable to comment as it had received no notification.

An Bord Pleanala had been due to make a decision on 10 August but put the decision back to 22 October.

Shell's original route did not need planning approval but sparked much protest from residents concerned about its proximity to houses.

Shell then submitted a new application, now under consideration, for a route that would run farther from homes.

The line would run about eight kilometres from the landfall of the offshore pipeline at Glengad to the Corrib processing plant being built at Bellanaboy.