Civil & Utilities Sector
The value of projects On-Site in the first 9 months of 2016 has increased by 6% from €1.29 billion in 2015 to over €1.36 billion. However, as can be seen from Fig. 13, the growth is directly attributable to one or two large scale projects in Leinster.
On-Site Gort to Tuam Motorway scheme
Only 8 projects over €10 million have commenced On-Site in Q3 2016, split evenly between wind farms and flood relief schemes.
Future Pipeline of Civil Sector Projects
Further government confidence in the economic recovery is likely to see more large scale projects being given the green light in the next number of years with over €610 million worth of Civil & Utilities projects being granted planning in the first 9 months of 2016. This is up from €490 million, or 25% in the same period in 2015 (Fig. 14).
Two major projects account for €400 million of the total Plans Granted projects, in the form of the Ringsend Waste water treatment works extension and the Oweninny Wind Farm. Dublin has over 50% of the projects by value with Connacht with a further 20%.
Dublin’s Ringsend Water Treatment Plant Extension at Plans Granted Stage
2016 has seen a surge in Plans Granted for renewable energy projects with 17 solar farms granted planning as compared to just 1 in the same period last year (Fig. 15). Unsurprisingly the south east has the majority of these projects.
The number of projects submitted for planning in the first nine months of 2016 is up 45% on the same period last year with almost 200 projects in the sector. Leinster and Munster are the biggest regions in the sector by volume with 61 and 66 respectively.