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RPS has over 30 years’ energy experience in Ireland and UK. We provide energy strategy and advisory services to the public and private sectors. We plan and develop energy infrastructure projects from project planning and feasibility through to detailed design, construction supervision and asset management.

National and EU policies currently support a low carbon future with increased renewables in parallel with natural gas as the transition fuel. A radical transformation of Ireland’s energy system is required to meet climate policy objectives across the electricity system and in terms of transport and heat. We provide strategic consultancy services and guidance on how to anticipate and respond to regulatory change.

Our energy experts advise our clients on the best ways to deliver challenging complex projects amid the continually evolving political, economic, regulatory and communications framework that surrounds these projects. Many of our projects have won national and international awards.

Our services:

Energy Policy

Project Appraisal & Feasibility

Environmental Assessment (incl. SEA, EIA & AA)

Planning

Energy Auditing & Management

Technology Development & Innovation Projects

Risk Management

Stakeholder Management

Energy Efficient Design

Engineering Design

Site & Route Selection

Geotechnical Engineering

Construction Management

Project Management

Procurement

 

Related Services:
Renewable Energy
Gas Networks Management

Case Studies

Carn Hill Wind Farm, Belfast

 

 

This £20m wind farm consisting of six turbines is located at Carn Hill Newtownabbey, outside Belfast, and was developed by Gaelectric Ltd. RPS was commissioned to assist with the planning application and EIA process including Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and residential amenity issues such as noise.

RPS liaised with statutory bodies to resolve outstanding concerns and provided clarifications and additional supporting information where necessary, such as a residential amenity impact assessment. All submissions were made by RPS to DOE (NI) Planning Service.

The wind farm was successfully granted planning permission and RPS further assisted Gaelectric Ltd with regards to subsequent planning conditions leading to the successful development of the wind farm on site. The wind farm has been operational since 2013.

Gas to the West, Northern Ireland

 

 

The Gas to the West Project is a significant gas pipeline development which will extend the high pressure (HP) and intermediate pressure (IP) gas network in Northern Ireland. RPS was appointed in 2015 to provide planning, environmental and engineering services for the development, including delivery of the environmental impact assessment (and appropriate assessment) and coordination of extensive pipeline ground investigations. RPS has also input significantly to the route selection process. The information accumulated through environmental baseline surveys ensured that the decision process for the final alignments of the proposed pipeline routes made due consideration for the environment. This ensured that the least environmentally constrained route was selected.

The HP network will involve the installation of approximately 80km of steel gas transmission pipeline. The new IP PE gas pipeline has a design pressure of less than 7 bar and is approximately 100km in length. The project will bring gas to the towns of Enniskillen, Derrylin, Omagh, Strabane, Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown and Magherafelt.

The development falls within the category of ‘major regional importance’ under planning law in Northern Ireland and is being administered by the Strategic Projects Division of the Department of Infrastructure.

The project presents a number of challenging aspects in terms of ground conditions, large scale river and road crossings and environmental sensitivities. Baseline assessments and site investigations have ensured that appropriate construction methodologies, such as trenchless crossings, are being used in areas where avoidance of constraints was not possible.

The RPS in-house planning team was responsible for overseeing all elements of the planning application including stakeholder consultation which was submitted in Q3 2016. The Gas to the West Project successfully received Approval of Planning Permission from the Department of Infrastructure’s Strategic Planning Division in March 2017- four months after application.

The stakeholder consultation element of the project was Highly Commended at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards in 2017.

Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study

 

 

RPS was the lead consultant and contracted party on a study examining the feasibility of constructing an offshore trans-boundary electricity grid linking Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland.

The 18-month INTERREG IVA funded study examined the potential to connect wind, wave and tidal energy sites located across a large geographical area. Funded by the EU Commission, the project was supported by Governments in Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A multidisciplinary team led by RPS reported regularly to a steering group drawn from the governments.

The study defined development pathways for the delivery of the trans-boundary grid and examined aspects such as environmental and engineering constraints, planning and permitting requirements, constructability and deployment, technology and infrastructure, regulatory requirements and finance issues. This broad remit required the involvement of a multidisciplinary team with RPS as lead consultant providing project and programme management, planning, environmental and civil engineering advice supported by sub- consultants TNEI, PPA and IHC.

The project involved targeted consultation with industry and selected statutory stakeholders including Transmission System Operators (TSOs) across three jurisdictions and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), technology developers, project developers, high voltage cable suppliers and experts in the deployment of subsea cable. An analysis of the status of HVDC/HVAC cable technologies and relevant supply-chain issues was also undertaken.

The project was awarded the 2010 European Structural Funds Best Practice Award for ‘Best partnership working in the use of European Structural Funds’.