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Government of Gibraltar dismisses opposition to LNG project

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The Government of Gibraltar has issued a statement dismissing concerns from the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) over the recent LNG supply deal that it has signed with Shell.

Under the agreement, a small regasification unit will be constructed in Gibraltar, which will be operated by Gasnor, a 100% Shell-owned subsidiary. The unit will be used to receive, store and regasify LNG for use in Gibraltar's adjacent gas-fired power plant.

The GSD has criticised the Government of Gibraltar for keeping the LNG deal out of the public eye, an accusation that the government denies, citing two public exhibitions in Gibraltar. The government has accused the GSD and its shadow minister for the environment, Trevor Hammond, of scaremongering and exaggeration.

Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said: "Mr Hammond seems to have returned to his irresponsible ways of last year. He seems not to be happy unless he is frightening people. To suggest, as he does now, that the government is gambling with the health of Gibraltar’s economy is offensive: to suggest that the government is gambling with anyone’s life is outrageous and utterly disgraceful. Frankly I think the public deserve better than an opposition with no experience whatsoever that behaves as if it's job is just to alarm, scare and frighten people. We will continue our responsible work with Shell on this excellent and exciting project which is good for air quality, is good for our energy security and is good for our long-term economic goals. We will let the GSD continue to be the champions of grimy, smelly diesel."

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