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Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

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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. The completed development is a critical piece of national infrastructure producing much of Ireland’s future gas supplies over the next 15 to 20 years.

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 onshore pipeline linking the offshore pipeline to the land based gas terminal/refinery comprised 8.3km of 508mm upstream gas pipeline, 4.2km of which was installed in a 4.2m diameter segment lined tunnel beneath an environmentally sensitive bay up to 10m below the sea bed.

The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

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

Solution

Following an integrated community engagement programme, a new step-by-step route selection process commenced with seven routes initially shortlisted to three. This led to a planning application and EIS for the newly selected route which was approved by An Bord Pleanála (Irish Planning Board) after two separate public hearings in 2011. Construction of the onshore pipeline started in 2012, completed in 2014 and commissioned in 2015.

RPS delivered:

  • 8.3KM of 508mm upstream gas pipeline, 4.9km of which was installed in a 4.2m diameter segment lined tunnel 10m below the sea bed. 
  • 3D BIM models for the tunnelling compounds onshore pipeline and landfall valve installation. 
  • 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.