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Gas Networks Management

From strategy to operation, office to field

RPS can provide a unique gas network service offering ranging from the development of strategy to effective operational delivery, efficiently integrating both office and field activities.

Our capabilities include:

Safety strategy

Engineering strategy

Feasibility services for >7 barg asset construction and modification

Planning supervision

Highway operations

Revision of technical standards

Upkeep of construction, maintenance and operations records

Gas Geographical Information System (GIS) data review, alteration and QA review.

Environmental strategy

Stakeholder engagement

Mains Risk Prioritisation System (MRPS) survey and record maintenance

Crossings survey

Emergency planning and audit

Leakage and service riser survey

Vulnerable buildings survey

Gas installation inspection, condition reports, ATEX calculations and delivery of construction work packs

Case Studies

Corrib Gas Pipeline Project

Corrib Gas Pipeline Project

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

RPS was appointed by Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL) to find a modified route for the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline.

This element of the Corrib gas field development project links the Corrib Gas Field (located over 80km offshore) to the Gas Terminal at Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo.

The scope of the contract included a full range of technical services to the Corrib Gas Partners – Shell, Statoil & Vermillion – for the rerouting, planning, environmental assessment, permitting and construction management of the onshore pipeline from the landfall point to the reception terminal.

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

Dublin Metallic Mains Renewal

Dublin Metallic Mains Renewal

Bord Gáis Network

RPS was appointed by Bord Gáis Networks (BGN) to provide design services for the identification and replacement of the remaining metallic gas mains and services identified within the greater Dublin Area.

The Dublin Metallic Mains Renewal Programme was initiated in 2011 to examine locations where Bord Gáis Network’s GIS system indicated that there was a possibility of metallic mains still in use in the gas network.

This project was a unique opportunity for RPS to operate within all areas of the Gas Distribution network. It highlights our ability to conduct a large scale quality assurance exercise on an extensive network, using the BGN internal IT systems to carry out a desk top review followed by site visual inspections, the issue of construction packs via the BGN asset management system to verify and replace metallic mains and the subsequent updating of the BGN GIS and QA.

Gas Pipeline to the West

Gas Pipeline to the West

Bord Gáis Eireann

RPS was appointed to provide detailed design, planning, construction and commissioning supervision of over 300km of 750mm (30"), 85bar gas transmission pipeline.

The Gas Pipeline to the West (pressure 85 bar) was successfully constructed on programme and within budget during the summer of 2002 - one of the wettest summers on record. It now connects Ballough AGI in North Co. Dublin, to Goatisland AGI in Co. Limerick and brought natural gas to towns in Counties Meath, Westmeath, Roscommon, Galway, Clare and Limerick - some of these for the first time. The pipeline crossed 25km of peatland, 272 roads, 14 railways, 158 rivers (including the River Shannon & estuary twice) and 1 canal. It traversed the property of 1300 landowners in 7 counties. It completes a national gas transmission ring main comprising the Gas Pipeline to the West and the Cork to Dublin Pipeline and it will eventually carry gas from the Corrib Gas Field.

NIC Robotics Project


NIC Robotics Project


RPS provided technical consultancy services on SGN’s NIC Robotics project.

RPS was appointed to this industry leading project in March 2014, in partnership with SGN and ULC Pipeline Robotics. This project pioneered the deployment of inspection and repair robots in live gas distribution mains that had never been attempted before. It involved the design, manufacture and field testing of the new robots, which were successfully tested in live gas mains in London in November 2015. The project was awarded the Engineers Ireland Technical Innovation Award 2016.

RPS provided technical assessments at key milestones in the development of robotic solutions, assessing and reporting on the development of operational procedures in support of deployment, and the analysis and reporting of field trial data throughout deployment.

The innovative technology measures degree of corrosion, wall thickness, stress and strain in pipelines and will allow gas utilities to asset manage the life of cast iron pipeline infrastructure. Its use will allow pipeline inspection and joint repair operations to take place with minimal disruption to customers, with fewer traffic restrictions, lower road reinstatement costs and no supply restrictions for gas customers.

South North Gas Pipeline

South North Gas Pipeline

Bord Gáis Network

RPS, in joint venture (JV) with Penspen Ltd was awarded the contract for the design, project management, preliminary and detailed routing, environmental studies and statutory applications for the South-North Gas Pipeline.

The South-North Gas Pipeline represents an important extension and development to the all Ireland gas transmission network.

The pipeline is 156 km in length, 450mm in diameter and has a design pressure of 85 bar. A total of 9 Above Ground Installations (AGIs) have been constructed that will facilitate maintenance and onward distribution of gas to strategic towns on-route. There are a total of 145 road crossings, 3 motorway crossings, 18 major river crossings, 5 railway crossings and 1 canal crossing.

RPS was responsible for the strategic planning, the Environmental Impact Assessment and the attainment of all statutory consents. Other responsibilities, in association with our JV partner, Penspen, included, preliminary design, project management, contract documents, procurement and construction supervision.