The Irish Academy of Engineering has described the proposals in a Government-commissioned review on Ireland's energy supply as "technically flawed and unrealistic".

In a statement published today, it says the report "should not be used to underpin future energy policy development."

Last month, the Government published a report it commissioned on the security of Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems.

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications is currently drawing up policy recommendations based on this review which are expected to be published early next year.

Don Moore, Chair of the Energy Committee at the Irish Academy of Engineering, said in a statement "...the measures proposed to provide an acceptable reliability standard in 2030 are simplistic in the extreme, are technologically flawed, ignore financing and permitting timescales and, overall, render the report entirely unsuitable as a basis for further energy planning.".

Some of the proposals contained in the report are for a floating LNG facility which the Academy says could only supply less than four days of Ireland's gas demand.

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This would not be necessary to protect the security of our gas supply, it states.

The Academy's statement also questions the proposals in the report around the potential for so-called "green hydrogen" to provide more energy security in the future. It says this "policy-by-aspiration" approach "must be firmly discarded if Ireland is to make realistic affordable plans for the future".

It also says the absence of an LNG terminal in Ireland "poses a high risk to the reliability of the Irish power system".

It says that if the gas pipeline to Moffat in Scotland was suspended for any reason, the supply of gas to Ireland's households and economy would cease after about 20 minutes.