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Taoiseach opens pumping station at Cork Dockyard


Taoiseach Micheál Martin has opened the final piece of infrastructure for the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Scheme, a €144 million investment by Irish Water which paves the way for a significant improvement in water quality in the harbour.

Farrans is completing the Cobh Lower Harbour Main Drainage Scheme on behalf of Irish Water as a JV with Sorensen.

The Cobh Project consisted of the installation of approx. 3.6km of gravity sewer, 3.3km of rising main ranging in diameter 90mm – 1050mm and the construction of five new water pumping stations with the main pump station located at the Dockyard PS site which pumps across the Lee Estuary to Monkstown PS and on to Shanbally Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Neil Sturdy, regional director for civil engineering in Ireland for Farrans, said: “This is a transformative project for the Cork area and for Irish Water’s pipeline. We are pleased to have played an integral role in its delivery and to be continuing our successful relationship with our client. This last step in the Cork Lower Harbour main drainage project means that all wastewater from the area is now being treated, in compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.”

At the opening of the Cork Dockyard pumping station earlier this week, Micheál Martin said the improvement in water quality in Cork Harbour would provide new opportunities for sustainable social and economic development.

“We have already seen the benefits that this project has brought to Ringaskiddy, Shanbally, Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Passage West and Monkstown,” Mr Martin said. “This final stage will add to that improvement, providing further capacity for growth and enhancing the wonderful amenity that is Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world.”