Tarbert Oil Tanks, Kerry

  • Client: National Oil Reserves Agency Limited
  • Completion date: 2012
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structure, Planning, Architecture

In collaboration with consulting engineers Byrne Ó Cléirigh Limited, PUNCH Consulting Engineers are providing project management and engineering services for the refurbishment of the 160,000 tonne tank farm in the Tarbert Power Station, Ireland.  In addition to the refurbishment of the tanks, the project also includes the installation of new pipe lines from the jetty, upgrading to the existing earthen bund, and the construction of a new road tanker loading yard, a control centre, and pump house. Construction will be completed in 2011.

Ireland is a country with an economy that is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels, and has limited control over the volatile energy prices in foreign markets. The country’s membership of both the European Union (EU) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) requires Ireland to maintain 90 day reserves of national strategic stocks. In addition to the EU and IEA obligations, the Government has recognised the importance of energy to Ireland’s economy and society and has set a strategic objective to secure the long-term and short-term energy supply to the country.  NORA, the Irish National Oil Reserves Agency, is responsible for the management of Ireland’s stocks of oil for use in the event of a shortage of supplies.  To fulfil this mandate, NORA has leased 4 of the existing Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks at the power station in Tarbet in Kerry in the south west of Ireland, with the objective of upgrading them for the storage of Gas Oil, Diesel, and Kerosene.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers has developed a depth of experience and knowledge in the engineering design of oil storage facilities in Ireland. Currently, PUNCH are also the civil and structural engineers for the construction of a new 80,000 tonnes commercial oil storage facility at Foynes Port, Co. Limerick.

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