Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (181)

Michael Colreavy

Question:

181. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the companies that received payments from his Department for consultation on natural resources; the purpose for which they received payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35692/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department administers a very diverse and complex brief. This reality necessarily requires my Department to procure specialist external professional advice and it is imperative to have recourse to a certain amount of external professional services in the area of natural resources.

In procuring these specialised services, my Department always seeks to ensure value for money and that these professional services contribute to informed, robust and evidence based policy making. Furthermore, in relation to the competitive tendering for contracts my Department adheres to the relevant EU Regulations and Department of Finance Guidelines on the procurement of goods and services

The majority of natural resources consultancies in 2012 related to the Corrib gas project. In looking at the expenditure incurred, I would like to remind the Deputy that costs relating to the oversight of compliance with the Corrib gas consent conditions are recouped from the developer. My Department’s 2012 Appropriation Account shows that, by end 2012, €255,000 was recouped as appropriation-in-aid.

Details of companies involved in providing consultancy services to my Department are set out in tabular form below. As requested by the Deputy’s office, the information relates to 2012.

Natural Resources Consultancies - 2012

Company

Service Description

Amount (€)

Indecon

Consultancy on Economic Value of Exploration and Mining to the Economy

35,793

David Fox Associates

Petroleum Engineering Support

178,186

Morgan Geophysics

Geophysicist Consultancy

86,706

Keane Offshore Integrity Ltd

Corrib Verification Process

83,746

Environ uk ltd

Monitoring of Corrib Gas Consent Conditions

201,992

Eamonn O' Duibhir

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

1,253

Patrick Barrett

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

544

Monica Muller

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

721

Mr Michael O'hEalaithe

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

758

Mr Kieran Moran

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

1,013

Patrick Connell

Consent Conditions Monitoring Committee

627

Total

591,339