Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (447)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

447. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the final agreed tender price, the date of the tender for the contract and the final overall amount paid and the date of the final payment in respect of each capital expenditure project completed since 1 January 2014 by his Department or an agency under the remit of his Department and which ended up costing €10 million or more in tabular form; the reason the final amount paid exceeded the final tender price; the details available in respect of projects in which construction is not complete to date or in which the final settlement account has not been agreed to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39916/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tables.

2014

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€1,805,350

n/a

n/a

2015

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€3,672,276

n/a

n/a

2016

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€2,262,267

n/a

n/a

2017

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Final Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€4,099,317

n/a

n/a

2018

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€9,701,046

n/a

n/a

Dinish Wharf Extension Castletownbere FHC

€23,438,323

Ex VAT

31 July 2018

€13,120,463

Ex VAT

(figure to date)

n/a

n/a

**Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown -Purchase of capital equipment

n/a

n/a

See note below ***

n/a

n/a

2019 to date

Capital Project

Tender Price

Date of Tender

Amount Paid

Date of Final Payment

Reason Final Amount exceeded Tender price

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

n/a

n/a

€1,072,787

(figure to date)

n/a

n/a

Smooth Point Pier Extension, Killybegs F.H.C

€12,999,703.54 excluding VAT

1 August 2019

0

n/a

n/a

**Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown -Purchase of capital equipment

n/a

n/a

See note below ***

n/a

n/a

*Haulbowline Island Remediation Project

- The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine assumed responsibility for remediation works at Haulbowline Island on behalf of the Irish Government in 2012. Annual project-related expenditure, funded through a ring-fenced budget within the Department’s Vote, is outlined above.

- Cork County Council acts as the agent of the Minister for this project and manages the project at an operational level on behalf of the Department. Costs incurred by the Council as part of its role as agent are reimbursed on a matured liability basis.

- In the period up to 2017 expenditure was focussed on preparing for and securing the necessary planning and waste licence consents for the East Tip remediation and upgrading the island infrastructure in anticipation of works. Following the signing of contracts by the Council for the main remediation works in July 2017, activity on the site (and similarly expenditure) reached a peak in 2018 when the bulk of the works related to the remediation of the East Tip site took place. Final contract expenditure figures are not yet available.

- All key aspects of the works at the East Tip site are now completed with only minor finishing works ongoing at present.

Prepared Consumer Foods (PCF) Centre

**As part of the Brexit response, €5 million was allocated in both 2018 and 2019 for the purchase by Teagasc of specialist equipment for the PCF Centre to provide companies with the opportunity to pilot the equipment, with a view to scaling up their own production and to enable adoption of novel technologies to meet evolving consumer demands and expectations.

***Purchase of the equipment by Teagasc is subject to Government procurement rules. The tender/purchase process is ongoing.

As regards the twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department, the information requested is an operational matter for the State Bodies themselves. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Agencies and have requested that a response should issue within 10 days.