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Archaeologists To Pave Way For Uk - Ireland Underwater Energy

Monday, 25 January 2010

Headland Archaeology (UK and Ireland) has been awarded a £50K contract to provide transboundary marine archaeology consultancy services for a 260km underwater electric power cable linking Ireland with the UK.


The large scale energy project is being developed by EirGrid Plc, the commercially run semi state company which manages and operates the Irish electricity transmission system, will be the first electricity link between Ireland and Wales. It will create a two-way power transmission between the nations by the end of 2012 supplying enough energy to power 300,000 homes.


The EirGrid East West Interconnector will improve the security of energy supplies, promote competition in the electricity sector and encourage the growth of renewable energy.


The UK and Irish subsidiaries of Headland Archaeology were appointed to the project following a procurement process, and have already begun work on the project conducting a cultural heritage assessment within Irish waters. The firm will continue to provide specialist marine archaeological services to EirGrid right through to installation in 2012, which will include Environmental Impact Assessments (EIS), site survey supervision, procurement advice and stakeholder liaison. 


Headland Archaeology is the perfect fit for this type of project due to its wealth of experience and knowledge in the marine, infrastructure and renewable sectors as well as its ability to work in two countries and in two currencies.  


Dr Dan Atkinson, Headland Archaeology's Maritime Manager, who will manage the project said: "This joint project between our UK and Irish subsidiaries is a major coup for the company and will enable EirGrid to benefit from the specialist marine archaeology expertise held by the teams located in both countries. It also highlights the capacity of our business to undertake large transboundary infrastructure projects.


"This is a growing sector for us and the first of its kind for Headland. However, with European developments in the renewable and energy sector steadily on the increase, this type of project will become more frequent as the requirement for improved transboundary grid connections emerge.


"This is a very specialist field and Headland is one of very few companies with the required expertise, capacity and resources to carry out consultancy for a project of this scale."


Formed in 1996 in a former lemonade factory in Edinburgh, Headland Archaeology has grown to become one of the biggest archaeological companies in the UK and Ireland.


Flagship projects in Scotland include Clyde Windfarm, South Lanarkshire and the Camster Windfarm, Caithness, the Western Isles Interconnector, the M80 and M74 roads projects, Edinburgh Trams and Forth crossing at Kincardine. Whilst in the Republic of Ireland projects include major road schemes such as Shannon LNG and Metro North in Dublin and the Kish and Bray Banks Offshore Windfarm.


For further information visit http://www.headlandarchaeology.com/




Issued on behalf of Headland Archaeology by Beattie Communications.



Notes to editors:

  • Headland Archaeology Ltd was formed in 1996 and is a commercial company committed to serving the development industry, with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cork and Galway.
  • The company employs over 100 staff, works on projects of all sizes and has the right people and resources, including a range of in-house specialists.
  • Headland provides cost effective solutions to the construction industry with a focus on transport and infrastructure, property development, power and aggregates.
  • Work undertaken includes desk based research, environmental impact survey, planning advice, project design, testing, excavation, reporting and dissemination.
  • Specialist expertise includes maritime & military archaeology, historic buildings, geophysical survey, artefacts, environmental archaeology and animal and human bones.
  • Flagship projects in the UK and Ireland include:
  • - M80 and M74 road projects
  • - New Forth Crossing at Kincardine
  • - Clyde Windfarm
  • - Edinburgh Tram Project
  • - Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
  • - Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters, Edinburgh
  • - A1 & A4/5 Northern Ireland
  • - Carlow By-pass
  • - N9 / 10 motorway
  • - N6 Galway to Ballinasloe Road Scheme
  • - N7 Nenagh to Limerick High Quality Dual Carriageway
  • - Shannon LNG
  • - N25 Waterford By-pass
  • - N25 New Ross Bypass
  • - Metro North in Dublin
  • Scottish office addresses:
  • - Edinburgh - 13 Jane Street, EH6 5HE
  • - Glasgow - 10 Payne Street, G4 0LF