Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd, today announced that the Geoscience Ireland (GI) consortium will be joined by six new members from different disciplines. GI is the umbrella group for Irish-based consultants and contractors providing geo-services to industry and state agencies across several sectors in over 50 countries. GI now has twelve members and further expansion will follow.
Speaking in Dublin today Minister O’Dowd commented
I believe that the groundwork already carried out by Geoscience Ireland, with the support of the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, will be significantly enhanced by today’s announcement. Strengthening the GI consortium’s product offering in the international marketplace will significantly boost the overseas contracting potential of the Irish geoservices sector.
The new members fall into three broad categories
- Geological and geophysical surveyors; BRG
- Drilling Contractors; Priority Drilling, Irish Drilling, IGSL and Meehan Drilling
- Tunnelling Contractor; QME
BRG is an integrated supplier of geological services from reconnaissance mapping, geophysical surveying, design and implementation of mineral exploration programmes for base and precious metals, including major drilling campaigns. BRG is currently managing a +$15million annual exploration programme for XSTRATA at the Pallas Green zinc-lead project in Ireland.
IGSL a leading specialist for over 30 years in geotechnical site investigation, testing and design, has been involved in major infrastructure projects in Ireland, the UK, France, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Lesotho and Zambia. It also provides specialist services in relation to pyrite and gypsum in underfloor materials together with aggregates testing and evaluation.
Irish Drilling has been a provider of mineral exploration drilling services in Ireland the UK and France since the 1960’s and has a well established onshore and offshore geotechnical investigation and testing division.
Meehan Drilling is a water drilling company providing domestic commercial and agricultural water wells and has expanded into energy drilling projects in recent years in the UK (oil and gas and geothermal); it is also involved in directional drilling and leachate abstraction.
Priority Drilling and its subsidiaries Priority Geotechnical and Hydrographic Surveys Ireland have been at the forefront of the Irish mineral exploration and mining industry for over 50 years; they also provide onshore and offshore geotechnical site investigation services together with bathymetric surveys in Ireland, UK, Jordan, Abu Dhabi, Bermuda and Gambia.
QME is a hard rock tunnelling contractor specialising in contract mining services ranging from development, scaling , rock bolting, spraying and services for the mining and quarrying industries inIrelandand theUK. Based near the world class zinc-lead operations of Tara Mines inIreland, QME also refurbishes mining equipment for reuse in North America andEurope.
Koen Verbruggen, Chairman of Gesocience Ireland commented;
the addition of a cluster of experienced drilling and tunnelling companies represents a considerable strengthening of GI’s offering and enables the promotion by Ireland of integrated geological services to international markets.