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Texan gas company NextDecade signs deal with Port of Cork
Texas-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) company NextDecade is eyeing up a LNG import terminal at the Port of Cork.

The company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Cork to "advance a joint development opportunity in Ireland for a new floating storage and regasification unit and associated LNG-import terminal infrastructure".

Under the terms of the memorandum the potential development at the Port of Cork would receive LNG from the Texan company's planned Rio Grande LNG project in south Texas. The Rio Grande valley is one of a number of areas where preliminary work on US president Donald Trump's border wall is taking place.

"The development would provide competitively-priced energy solutions to Ireland and its regional partners under long-term contracts," the company said in a statement. "If constructed, the project would substantially increase and diversify Ireland's supply of natural gas."

Ireland's gas supply has come under scrutiny in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, with commentators referring to the geographical disadvantages of the country.

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies reported in March of this year that Ireland could be placed in a difficult situation if the UK no longer has to abide by the EU security of supply regulation when it leaves the EU.

With the Marathon gas field off Kinsale nearing exhaustion Ireland has been becoming increasingly dependent on imported natural gas. However UK gas fields won't last forever either, and we are at the very end of the supply line for potential Russian gas imports. So this project could diversify and secure Ireland's source of supply.  However it also places us in the very middle of controversies regarding fracked US gas and US attempts to use sanctions on Russian gas to force Europe to import more expensive US gas. Best, of course, to reduce our dependency on natural gas altogether, but that still seems some way off.

In the short term Brexit is forcing us to re-evaluate our dependency on UK imports in all sorts of ways, and in particular in relation to the all Ireland electricity grid and it's inter-connectors with the UK. Plans are afoot to build an inter-connector with France.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 9th, 2017 at 01:24:56 PM EST
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 9th, 2017 at 01:33:13 PM EST
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If sewers' potential were realised as source of biogas, and if all animal wastes were fed through a methane digester instead of becoming toxic lakes, then we wouldn't have to import so much bloody gas in the first place.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 9th, 2017 at 09:15:26 PM EST
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Those things certainly help, but I've heard several times that biogas projects tend to be far more useful and effective as waste disposal/climate remediation projects than they are for actual utility scale power generation. Then again, I am Not an Expert.
by Zwackus on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 04:12:28 AM EST
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In Sweden, we burn biomass - including waste - for energy and use some of the gas to run busses.

Checking Wikipedia, municipal waste is around 7% of biofuel. Biogas from sorted organic waste is a smallish portion of that. Biofuels in Sweden is dominated by wood and waste from the wood industry. Biofuels in total is quoted as 32% of total energy use (don't know how they count that, but lets assume they are fairly on the mark).

That lands below one percent of total energy use. Enough for a niche (we run some busses on biogas), but not enough for gas niche of load balancing (I think).

Then again, Sweden is cold and uses a lot of energy, is sparsely populated and has a ton of woods, so I don't know how much that affects the numbers.

I think it's worth doing, and recycling gets rid of landfills, even if it's unlikely to replace gas in the short run.

by fjallstrom on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 09:34:09 AM EST
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Are you referring to those plants that burn landfill material at such high heat that there is no rain of dioxin falling on nearby inhabitants?

I was thinking more about creating field-ready slurry with biogas as side benefit.

replace gas in the short run.

Replace the current 'needs' never, but help in the coming fuel pinch.

Wood gas powered a lot of vee-hickles during the last war.
Woodwaste would provide a lot of ethanol to run the chainsaws!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 11:20:41 PM EST
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