The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline has been voted Engineering Project of the Year, it has been announced.
The Corrib Gas Field, approximately 83km off the coast of Mayo, has become a critical piece of national infrastructure that will produce much of Ireland’s future gas supplies over the next 15 to 20 years. It is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the state’s history, costing approximately €3.5 billion and will contribute some €6 billion to Ireland’s GDP.
The project was undertaken by Shell E&P (Ireland) Ltd, RPS Group Ltd, Roadbridge Ltd, BAM and W&F JV and won out in the flagship category of the seventh annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB, at a ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.
Speaking about the complex nature of the project, PJ Rudden, RPS director and a Chartered Engineer, said: “The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline was an extremely challenging project from the outset requiring the management of a diverse range of specialist expertise to produce major deliverables within extremely demanding timelines. These related to alternative pipeline corridors, alternative community engagement and involvement, environmental impact assessments, logistics management and construction issues.
“Ultimately, the Corrib initiative was a huge infrastructural undertaking that involved cutting-edge engineering expertise, from planning through to construction and operation, that has been delivered to the highest standards and within very tight time lines. On behalf of my project colleagues, let me just say it is extremely pleasing to have our efforts recognized by Engineers Ireland judges and the public vote,” Rudden added.
The Engineering Project of the Year is voted for by a panel of judges and also by the public.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel Dublin, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General, commented on the vast array of engineering talent that had gathered for the flagship awards ceremony.
“The engineering profession is the real winner of this year’s awards. We in Engineers Ireland are delighted to showcase and celebrate the incredible achievements of some of the best engineering talent in the world. The projects and individuals who have been honoured highlight the true creative talent and innovation within the profession.”
She continued: “Engineers continue to make an incredibly valuable contribution to communities and economies worldwide. The work celebrated here embodies real engineering excellence and ingenuity and reflects the evolving nature of contemporary engineering today.”
Full list of winners:
Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup
Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland
Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour
Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Cold Chon (Galway) Ltd
Technical Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by NSAI
Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the Office of Public Works
Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award, sponsored by ESB
International Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by ESB International
President’s Award, sponsored by CRH
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award, supported by the Department of Education and Skills and sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens