Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Capital Expenditure Programme
764. To ask 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]
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).
765. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the capital projects completed since 2010; the final agreed tender price for each project; the actual cost of each project; if the actual cost exceeded the tender price; the reason therefore in each case in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31086/19]
The information requested by the Deputy regarding capital projects completed by my Department since 2010 is set out in the following table.
|Project||Project Dates||Estimated Project Cost||Final agreed tender price||Actual Project Cost||Notes|
|INFOMAR, National Marine Mapping Programme|
|2006 - 2016||€40m||€27m||€35.7m||This project was jointly managed by the Department’s Geological Survey and the Marine Institute. The estimated and actual costs include grant funding of €13m provided to the Marine Institute.|
|National Broadband Scheme||2008 – 2014||€79.8m||€79.8m||€79.5m|
|100 Mbps Schools Broadband||Pilot: 2009-2011|
National Roll-out: 2012-2014
|€14m||-||€13.3m||This was a joint project with the Department of Education and Skills to roll-out 100 mbps broadband connectivity to all second level schools. The figures across represent this Department’s contribution to the project.|
|Kelvin International Telecoms||2009 – 2010||€12m||-||€11.9m||This was a joint cross border project between the Department and the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. The estimated total project cost was €70m, which comprised €40m private investment and €30m public investment. |
The figures across represent this Department’s contribution to the project.
|Tuam Ducting||2010 – 2012||€1.2m||-||€1.08m||This project was managed by Galway County Council on behalf of the Department|
|Remediation works at Avoca Mine [Project Management & Advisory Services]||2013 – 2016||€3m||€3m||€3.7m||There were a number of changes to the works programme which resulted in additional costs. These changes were required due to the complexity of the site and delays caused by weather.|