Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (764)

Barry Cowen

Question:

764. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of capital projects being undertaken by his Department; the final agreed tender price; the estimated cost of each capital project in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31070/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

There are currently three capital projects underway in my Department and the information requested by the Deputy in relation to these projects is shown in the following table.

Project

Project Dates

Estimated cost of project

Final agreed tender price

Notes

National Postcode System (Eircodes)

2013 – 2023

€38m

€33.5m

The estimated cost of this project includes the contract amount for the Eircodes licence holder (€33.5m), support services (€2.5m) and administrative costs (€2m).

Tellus, National Airborne Geophysical & Ground Geochemical Mapping Programme

2014 – 2028

€60m

€60m

This project is being managed directly by the Department’s Geological Survey.

INFOMAR, National Marine Mapping Programme

[Phase 2]

2016 – 2026

€40m

€20m

This project is being jointly managed by the Department’s Geological Survey and the Marine Institute. The estimated cost includes grant funding of €20m to be provided to the Marine Institute.

In May the Government approved the appointment of a Preferred Bidder for the National Broadband Plan. The procurement process has determined that the maximum cost to the State of this project will be €2.1bn (excluding VAT of €355m and contingency of €480m).