Upgrade for Scots-Irish gas pipeline
Upgrades to a pipeline between Scotland and Ireland will enhance security of gas supply in the Republic post-Brexit, it's been claimed.
Claire Madden, head of legal and regulatory affairs at Gas Networks Ireland, said the network operator was planning for a hard Brexit but that "anything short of that can be managed".
Gas comprises some 27% of total energy supply, and is used to produce more than 40% of electricity. The Corrib Gas field off Co Mayo supplies around 50% of total needs in the Republic.
But from 2025, 85% of gas will be imported from the UK through three pipelines originating at Moffat in Scotland - two linking directly with the Republic, and a third to Northern Ireland.