Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

 The Corrib natural gas field was discovered in 1996 with the first appraisal well drilled in 1997. Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL)  secured licence for the project, which included the construction of a natural gas pipeline and gas processing plant.

SEPIL appointed RPS to find a modified route for the Corrib Onshore Pipeline in consultation with the local community and other relevant stakeholders. Our project communications team worked tirelessly with local stakeholders over an 18-month period to inform the route selection process. Following a robust and successful planning process, 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.

Key details

Project name

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Client

Shell E&P Ireland

Location

Mayo, Ireland

Services provided 

  • Pipeline routing
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Construction support
  • Public consultation
  • Oral Hearing
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Communications strategy
  • Public relations
  • Issues management and crisis communications

Challenge

The Corrib Onshore Pipeline project was a highly sensitive project to develop. Strong opposition from the local community was centred around the location of the onshore processing facility, the pipeline route and the transmission pressure of untreated gas in the pipeline.

After much high profile opposition to the project, RPS was appointed in 2007 as an integrated consultancy team to provide communications, environmental and planning advice and services.

Rig platform at the Corrib gas site, Mayo, Ireland.

Solution

A robust project communications and stakeholder engagement plan was devised and deployed on this project including:

  • Management of a public consultation and information process (over an 18 month period) which gathered local input in relation to route selection criteria and feedback on identified route options as these emerged during the route development process;
  • Hosting public information events, structured consultation meetings with members of the local community and private meetings with groups and individuals from the local community;
  • Direct liaison with affected landowners and residents;
  • Production and distribution of project consultation and information brochures;
  • Management of a dedicated project website and contact line;
  • Consultation with relevant statutory bodies on project progress and key areas of concern for these bodies.

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