|The control room of Shell's gas terminal at Bellenaboy are control room operator Tom Bond, |
Minister of State JoeMcHugh and Shell E&P Ireland Managing Director, Ronan Deasy.
Also in 2006, the Shell management in Ireland changed. An Irish UCD engineer Terry Nolan working for Shell abroad returned to Ireland as Deputy Managing Director. Terry went to live in Mayo and from there led a transformation of the project in local perception terms. He subsequently became Shell MD in Ireland in 2008 until 2011 when he was succeeded by Michael Crothers who built on Terry's previous good work with the Erris community. Michael was Canadian born of Irish parents - he was Managing Director from 2011 to early 2015 for most of the construction phase which had its own challenges.
|Map of Ireland with Gas Pipeline to the West|
|Public Consultation Open Day on routing process at Belmullet|
A selected route and associated EIS was sent to An Bord Pleanala in February 2009 which doubled the distance to housing and halved the pipeline pressure. The Bord were not however satisfied and requested a route even further from housing up through Sruwaddacon Bay be considered. What became known as the tunnel route was then submitted to An Bord Pleanala in May 2010 and approved in early 2011 following a resumed oral hearing in September 2010.
|Map of Onshore Pipeline|
|PJ Rudden, Director RPS Group, Ronan Deasy, Managing Director of Shell Ireland and |
Brendan Butler, Project Director Shell E&P Ireland