The GMC Utilities Group has been among the lead contractors for a number of terms for the Bord Gais Networks Period Contract. As well as the period contract GMC completed with Bord Gais Networks the Accelerated Renewals Programme where we replaced in excess of 190km and all associated downstream pipework on the Dublin Network Renewals Project. This project was responsible for replacing all cast iron mains and metal service pipes in Dublin with polyethylene pipe. Together these two projects required the skills of in excess of forty experienced gas teams with the necessary back up and supervisory management.

The “GasWest” Project, a €40 million, three-year development project, was designed to make natural gas available to eleven towns along the Mayo-Galway Pipeline. GMC Utilities Group has recently completed the installation of 82km of feeder mains and 64km of distribution mains on the project. The GasWest project signifies a major development for the West of Ireland making natural gas available for the first time in many parts of the region. The towns connected Gort, Craughwell, Loughrea and Headford in Co. Galway and Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris, Crossmolina and Westport in Co Mayo.The availability of natural gas in the area offers both residential and commercial customers real choice and allows them to experience the many benefits of using natural gas. GMC Utilities Group led the way in delivering this project. We were able to resource the project with highly experienced management and skilled personnel drawn from within the Group’s resource pool. Bord Gáis Networks developed a detailed construction programme for the network extensions from the Mayo-Galway transmission pipeline to these towns. GMC Utilities group led the way with Westport being the first town to be connected in May 2008 and continues to partner Bord Gáis Networks in the rollout of the Feeder and Distribution mains. Distribution (low pressure) pipelines are constructed within each of the towns, allowing business and residential customer connections to the network.

Elsewhere on the gas network GMC Utilities Group has been responsible for bringing gas from the main transmission lines, along feeder mains and establishing distribution networks in towns such as Cahir, Cashel, Kinsale/Inishannon, Monasterevin/Portarlington and Tipperary Town.

When Bord Gáis Networks needed a 315mm pipeline installed under the river Suir – one of the widest rivers in Ireland, it was to GMC they looked for a solution. Working with specialist drillers GMC Utilities Group were able to bring the project to a successful conclusion over the summer months of 2010 with minimum disruption to local schools and businesses.

Working in many of these smaller towns can bring its own problems not least of which is the disruption to pedestrian and business life. GMC Utilities Group has shown that with careful planning and close liaison with all stakeholders i.e. the client, local authorities and local interest groups pedestrian and traffic management issues can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.