Recruitment for the second year of Geo Drilling apprentices has now commenced. The next intake of apprentices will commence the Geo Drilling apprenticeship programme in September 2020.
On the 21st of May, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Sean Canney TD, launched ‘The Formation and Maintenance of a Successful Business Cluster May 2020’ Manual.
Irish offshore consultancy, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), has welcomed the addition of new senior geoscience staff to boost their existing capabilities in all things related to ground risk management. Following a steady influx of international work in the areas of survey management, geotechnical interpretation and ground model development, GDG have bolstered their existing team with the addition of three new members of staff. From office locations in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands, GDG will continue to service clients all around the world.
On the 24th of April 2020, the Republic of Ireland became the 81st shareholder of the African Development Bank (AFDB). Membership of the AFDB is contingent on the applicant’s signing of the agreements which underpin the AFDB and the payment of the initial subscriptions and acquisition of capital stock of the AFDB. The cost of the Republic of Ireland’s membership of the AFDB will cost the Exchequer approximately €100m over the next 8 years.
A survey completed last week (23 April 2020) by the Geoscience Ireland (GI) business cluster reflects the severe impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on its 40 member companies. The DCCAE cluster is managed by Geological Survey Ireland. The main results are as follows;
As Ireland moves into a more intensive stage of mitigating the impacts and spread of Covid-19, the Irish Government outlined several measures including the cessation of non-essential construction activity. This necessary move compounds the economic impact felt by Geoscience Ireland member companies. Read more
Irish Offshore Engineering company, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. (GDG) have recently been appointed to support the Taiwanese Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm, by providing geotechnical and geophysical Owners Engineering services. The Hai Long 2 and 3 projects have consent for up to 1044MW of new renewable electricity and are in advanced development stages.
Sean Canney TD, acting Minister of State for Natural Resources, provided the keynote address at the “Ireland – Open for Business” forum at the Prospectors and Developers Association Canada (PDAC) Convention and Tradeshow held in Toronto, 3 March.