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Port storage tanks given new lease of life for €6m

Up to €6m is to be spent refurbishing a facility to store oil and other fuels in Dublin Port.

The National Oil Reserves Agency (Nora) is putting the empty tanks back into use to store oil, diesel and natural gas at Ringsend for the next 20 years.

It has awarded a contract for the works, estimated at between €4.5m and €6m, to a Co Meath-based builder. Construction is expected to last 14 months.

Nora is the State agency responsible for the holding of national strategic oil stocks. It gets no exchequer cash and is instead funded by levies on oil products.

The tanks at Ringsend have been disused for the past decade and were acquired by Nora when it leased lands owned by the Electricity Supply Board.

The nine vertical tanks have a storage capacity of 80,000 cubic metres.

The refurbishment work will include the installation of double-bottoms in all the tanks, the erection of concrete containing walls and fencing around the site, and the installation of a fire-fighting system.

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Other refurbishment work will include pipework. The contractor is Duleek-based Manley Construction.

A spokesman for the Manley Construction said the tanks were currently empty.

Nora is a State agency under the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

A department spokesperson was unavailable for comment on the project.

Nora was established in 1995 as a subsidiary of the Irish National Petroleum Corporation Limited (INPC).

Legislation introduced in 2007 established Nora as a State agency under the aegis of the department.

aphelan@herald.ie


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