Cork LNG Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor
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Cork LNG Terminal is a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Cork, Ireland.


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Project Details

  • Owner: NextDecade
  • Location: Cork, Ireland
  • Coordinates: 51.831398, -8.322984 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 4.0 bcm/y[1], 2.9 mtpa
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: no date[1]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day; bcm/y = billion cubic meters per year


In 2017, the Port of Cork signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US company NextDecade and its partners to explore a joint development opportunity for a new Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) and associated LNG import terminal infrastructure in the Port of Cork, Ireland. The LNG would be sourced from Next Decade’s proposed Rio Grande LNG Terminal facility at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas. The company uses fracking in some of its explorations.[2]


In November of 2019, the Port of Cork faced calls to cut ties with NextDecade, following a near-unanimous vote by city councillors in support of a Green Party motion calling on councillors to write to the Port of Cork and the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and the Environment, Richard Bruton, to formally request that they cease any work to develop facilities in the harbour to “enable the importation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) extracted using hydraulic fracturing".[2]

By November of 2019, the grassroots opposition group Not Here Not Anywhere had collected over 2,000 signatures via an online petition opposing construction of the terminal.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 LNG Investment Database Gas Infrastructure Europe, October 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eoin English Calls for Port of Cork to cut ties with US firm Irish Examiner, November 13, 2019
  3. Jehan Ashmore Fracked Gas: Petition Against Plans to Import from US to Cork Harbour, November 18, 2019

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