The study area for IOSEA 5 focused on the Atlantic Margin
basins west of Ireland and included the entire Porcupine Basin, Slyne
Basin, Erris Basin, Donegal Basin, Goban Spur Basin, Fastnet Basin, Celtic
Sea basins, Kish Basin and a substantial part of the Irish Rockall Basin
including perched basins along its margins.
The purpose of IOSEA 5 was to assess any potential impacts on the marine environment associated with activities conducted under petroleum exploration and production authorisations in the IOSEA 5 area. This included any new authorisations awarded in the 2015 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round, which concluded in September of that year.
Statement forms the final output from the Irish Offshore Strategic
Environmental Assessment 5 (IOSEA 5) and refers to the SEA requirements
associated with the adoption of a plan. When a plan is adopted, the SEA
Environmental Authorities, the public, and any relevant transboundary Member
State consulted must be informed, and the following items made available:
A copy of the Plan as adopted or ‘made’; and
An SEA Statement summarising how environmental considerations and the
Environmental Report were factored into the Plan, a summary of how
submissions/consultations were taken into account, the reasons for choosing the
Plan as adopted in the light of other reasonable alternatives considered; and
the proposed monitoring measures.
Reports and supporting documentation
The IOSEA 5 reports can be viewed at the following links:
Environmental Report and Annex
Natura Impact Statement
Final Plan for Issue of Petroleum Authorisations
Details regarding the IOSEA 5 Public Consultation can be found here.