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LVI,GLENGADCOMPOUNDSandACCESSROADCONSTRUCTION

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SUMMARY
The construction of the Landfall Value Installation (LVI) within a dished area will be facilitated by the
establishment of a construction compound. This compound will also facilitate the onshore works
associated with the umbilical installation, onshore pipeline construction, and pipeline commissioning. A
second compound will be established to construct the reception shaft for the Tunnel Boring Machine
(TBM)1.ApermanentaccessroadtotheLVIwillalsobeconstructed.
PURPOSE

This method statement defines the method for the construction of the LVI,
establishing the Glengad construction compounds and permanent LVI access
roadatGlengad.

LOCATION

GlengadHeadland.Thetemporaryworkingareafromchainage83.3883.92
lieswithintheGlenamoyBogComplexcandidateSpecialAreaofConservation
(cSAC) Site Code 0000500 and is adjacent to the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven
proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA) Site Code 004037. The northern
sectionoftheaccessroadfromtheL1202isalsointhecSAC.

HABITATS/
CONSERVATIONSTATUS

ThehabitatslocatedwithinthetemporaryworkingareasatGlengadcomprise
improved agricultural grassland and improved wet, rushy grassy grassland,
neitherofwhichareEUannexedhabitats.
Withtheexceptionofthesouthernsectionofthereceptionshaftcompound,
thesehabitatsarelocatedwithinthecSAC.

TIMESCALE

Theentireworkscopewilltakeapproximately26months.TheLVIconstruction
compoundwillbeinoperationfortheentiredurationoftheonshorepipeline
construction including LVI surface water outfall pipe installation, LVI
construction, Umbilical pullin, onshore pipeline construction, tiein of the
onshoreandoffshorepipelineandfinalcommissioningactivities.

TECHNIQUE

EstablishmentofGlengadCompounds
Thecompoundswillbeinstalledasfollows:
A 3m high palisade fence will be erected on grassland and secured by
concreteroadbarriers.
In designated sections the perimeter fence will be screened with a
suitablesolidboardtovisuallyandacousticallyscreentheworksinorder
tominimisedisturbancetobirdsandnonavianfauna.
Apalisadefencefixedtoprecastconcreteslabswillbepositionedonthe
foreshoretofacilitatetheLVIoutfallpipeinstallation.Thisfencewillbe
removed upon reinstatement of the cliff face and replaced with a land
basedfenceinstalledalongthetopofthecliff.
The temporary fences around the construction compounds and the LVI
willbemammalproof.
A temporary access road and hardstand areas will be constructed using
locallysourcedimportedgravel/stone.
Temporary welfare facilities will be installed on prepared ground
separate from the main working areas. Containers will be positioned as
requiredwithinthecompound.
All necessary electrical/telecom wiring, site services, lighting, piping,
ductingandfixtureswillbeinstalled.

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EarthworksandCivilWorks
TopsoilwillbestrippedfromLVIlocationandstockpiledinadesignated
locationseparatefromsubsoilandotherexcavatedmaterial.
Thedishedareawillbeexcavated,andthematerialstockpiledseparate
totopsoil.
IndividualLVIstructureswithindishedareawillbeexcavated.
ConstructionofLVIstructures,pipelineandancillaryservicesinstallation
willbecompletedsimultaneously.
Once all installation, inspection and testing has been completed, all
structureswillbebackfilledtotheirdesignatedfinishedlevels.
Permanentfencingandassociatedsecuritysystemswillbeerected.
Topsoil will be placed on new embankment slopes. An open mesh
biodegradable textile (GeoJute) maybe used on the slopes surrounding
theLVItostabilisetopsoilagainsterosion.

LVIMechanical,ElectricalandCommissioningworks
The piping, valves, structures, and chambers will be erected on the
preparedLVIfoundations.
TherelevantLVIcomponentswillbewelded/jointedandinspected.
TheoffshorepipelinewillbeconnectedtotheLVI.
TherequiredLVIandpipelinecommissioning,includinghydrotesting,will
takeplacewithintheconstructioncompound.

OffshoreUmbilicalInstallation(OnshoreWorks)
The compound will also be used to support the offshore umbilical pull
ashore.
Prior to the pull ashore a winch base will be constructed and winch
installed. This winch will be used to pull the offshore umbilical line
throughtheexistingumbilicalconduittoaterminationpointonshoreat
theLVI.
Following the pull ashore the umbilical will be monitored and tested
duringoffshoreinstallation.
Followingtheoffshorelayoftheumbilical,theonshorewinchandbase
willberemovedandareareinstated.
Reinstatement
Thecompoundwillnotbereinstateduntiltheendoftheconstructionperiod
however,somereinstatementwilltakeplacepriortothisifprogressallows.In
general,reinstatementwillprogressasfollows:
Excess materials from the excavation of the LVI dished area will be
reusedelsewhereifpossibleandthesurplusremovedtoalicensedwaste
facility.
ConstructpermanentaccessroadtoLVIusingthespecifiedmixofstone
andsoil.
Removetemporaryfacilities.
Thesitewillbereinstatedusingthestockpiledtopsoilandvegetationwill
beallowedtoregeneratenaturally.Noseedwillbeimported.
Alldrainswillbereinstatedtotheirpreviousconditionor,asagreedwith

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therelevantparties.
Whereappropriate,simple,surfacegravelfielddrainswillbeputinplace
topreventwaterlogging.
The temporary palisade fencing will then be removed off site and stock
prooffencingwillbeerectedtoprotectthereinstatedareas.

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS

RESTRICTIONS

Excavators
Articulatedflatbedsandtipper
trucks
Fronttippingtrucks
Temporarywelfarecabins
Palisadesecurityfence
Winchesandhydraulicpower
packs
Hydrotestequipment

Some sections of the temporary working area lie within the Glenamoy Bog
Complex Complex cSAC and adjacent to the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven
BaypSPA

CONTINGENCY

Generalworkinghoursarerestrictedtobetween07:0019:00weekdays
and07:00and16:00Saturday.
Noiseandvibrationlimits
Lightingconstraints

Excavatedmaterialmayhavetobescreenedforpotentialreuse.

Cranesandliftingequipment
Sidebooms
Concretepump
Electricaltools
Weldingequipment
Syntheticfabrics
Commissioningplantand
equipment
Storagetanks

See Tunnelling Operations and Reception Shaft Method Statements

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and
Noise,vibrationandlighting
appropriatesectionofplantandmachinery.
Disturbance.

Proactivemaintenanceofplantandequipment.

Increaseddustlevels

Claddingofstationarymachinerysuchasgenerators.

A 3m high nontransparent noise barrier will be installed in


designated places around the perimeter of the construction
compoundstopreventdisturbancetobirdsinthepSPA.

Mobile and fixed site lighting will be designed to limit light


spillage.

Roads/working area will be dampened down, as required to


ensure dust levels due to construction activities are kept to a
minimum.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
Damagetohabitats,including AccessRoad
cSAChabitats
Thesodbankwhichformstheboundaryontheeasternsideof
the access road (from the public road) will be fenced off to
protect it from damage during construction. Any temporary
wideningoftheaccessroadwillbedoneonthewesternside.
LVIandGlengadCompounds

Anearthen(sod)bankformsthecSACboundarytothesouthof
the temporary working area adjacent to the LVI and onshore
pipeline temporary working area. This sod bank will be fenced
offtopreventconstructionactivitiesencroachingonit.

Fencing will be put in place to protect the Annex 1 habitats


locatedtothenorthofthecompounds.

Noseedwillbeimportedinordertopreventthepollutionofthe
nativegenepoolbyaliengenotypes.

Thetopsoilremovedfromthefootprintandcompoundswillbe
carefullystored(separatelyfromthesubsoil).

Followingconstructionthistopsoilwillthenbeusedontheareas
tobereinstated,includingtheslopesoftheLVIandtheywillbe
lefttorevegetatenaturally.

To aid topsoil stability and vegetation regeneration, an open


mesh geotextile membrane (GeoJute) may be laid on the side
slopesoftheLVIexcavation.

Surfacedrainagewillbeputinplaceatthetimeofreinstatement
topreventwaterloggingwhereappropriate.

Stoneusedwillbelocallysourced.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
Groundnestingbirds
DisturbancetoBirds

Priortoconstruction,thetemporaryworkingareawillbemowed
in order to discourage ground nesting birds from attempting to
breedonthetemporaryworkingarea.

A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in


order to ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on
landstobedisturbed.

SandMartin
A Sand Martin colony is located in the soft cliffs to the north and
north east of the landfall at Glengad. Mitigation measures as
outlinedbelowwillbeputinplace.

An exclusion zone will be defined above and behind the


colonysuchthatnoconstructionactivitiesaffecttheexisting
burrows or threaten the stability of the cliff in which the
burrowsaresituated.

Apartfromspecialistsconductingmonitoring,nopersonnel,
traffic or construction activities will be permitted between
the temporary fencing and the clifftop directly above the
colony.

Soil stockpiles will be covered where necessary with a fine


mesh netting to prevent sand martins from making nest
burrowstherein.

Lightinginsitecompoundswillbedirecteddownwardsand
be designed to minimise light spillage outside the working
area.

pSPA

Visualandacousticscreeningwillbeplacedonthepalisadefence
indesignatedplacestopreventdisturbancetobirdsinthepSPA.

Lightingwillbedirecteddownwardsandbedesignedtominimise
lightspillageoutsidetheworkingarea.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
The palisade fence around the LVI and reception shaft
Constructionactivitiesmay
compoundswillbemammalproof.
havenegativeimpactonlocal
wildlife(ottersandbadgers
Theremainderofthefencingdemarkingthetemporaryworking
etc).
area, including the access road, will have mammal gates at the
base at 75m intervals. These will allow mammals (otters and
badgersetc)freeaccessacross,andameansofescapefrom,the
temporaryworkingarea.

Duringconstructionrampswillbeprovidedatopentrenchesto
provide a means of escape for otters and badgers and other
wildlife.

Machinery and plant will be inspected prior to mobilisation to


site.

Refuellingofplant/machinerywilltakeplaceindesignatedareas
only.

Spillkitswillbeavailableonsite

The LVI surface water outfall pipe will not be used for
dewateringofexcavations.

A surface water management system will be utilised to ensure


removal of suspended solids prior to discharge to receiving
watersatanagreedlocation.

Surfacedrainagewillbeputinplaceatthetimeofreinstatement
topreventwaterloggingwhereappropriate.

VisualimpactfromtheLVI
structure.

The LVI will be constructed in a dished area to reduce visual


impactofstructure.

Earthworksmaydisturb
archaeologicalremains.

Alicensedarchaeologistwillbeonsitetomonitorallexcavations
inpreviouslyundisturbedareas.

Pollutionofterrestrial/
aquatichabitatsdueto
spillageorleaksofoil/diesel
fromplantandequipment.

Releaseofsuspendedsolids
fromtheworksmayhave
negativeimpactonwater
quality.

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SUMMARY
TheLandfallValveInstallation(LVI)SurfaceWaterOutfallwillbeconstructedbyexcavatingatrenchand
installing the pipe, headwall and gabion basket structure within the cliff face. The cliff face will be
subsequentlyreinstatedandtheoutfallpipetrenchbackfilledwithexcavatedmaterial.
PURPOSE

ThisdocumentdefinesthemethodforinstallationoftheLVIsurfacewater
outfallpipeandsubsequentreinstatementofthecliffsectionatGlengad.

LOCATION

Glengad Headland. The temporary working area from Chainage 83.38


83.50 lies within the Glenamoy Bog Complex candidate Special Area of
Conservation (cSAC) and the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven proposed Special
ProtectionArea(pSPA).

HABITATS/
CONSERVATIONSTATUS

Habitatscomprisenonannexedimprovedagriculturalgrassland(clifftop),
reinstatedsedimentarycliff;uppershoreline;andnonqualifyingintertidal
AnnexIhabitat(1140Mudflatsandsandflatsnotcoveredbyseawaterat
lowtide).

TIMESCALE

Theworkswilltakeapproximately8weekstocomplete,timedsothatthe
worksassociatedwiththeclifffacewillbeundertakenbetweenApriland
September.ThisistoavoiddisturbancetofeedingBrentGeeseduringthe
overwintering period. The remaining works will take place outside this
timeperiod.

TECHNIQUE

LVIOutfallPipeTrenchandCliffExcavation

Temporary site palisade fencing will extend through the cliff cut and
extend onto a limited section of the foreshore (Ch 83.38
approximately).
A trench will be excavated from the cliff face and material will be
stored temporarily within the Glengad compound for reinstatement.
Thismaterialwillalsobeusedtoformasuitableaccessrampontothe
foreshorefortheinstallationofthesurfacewateroutfallpipe.
The excavation of the trench in the cliff face may be up to 5.5m in
depth and up to 15m wide. All trench arisings will be temporarily
storedintheGlengadcompound.
ThetrenchwillbeexcavatedtowardstheLVI,slopingtrenchsidesas
necessary.
Insectionsofrestrictedworkingareaorwheregroundconditionsare
poor,thesurfacewateroutfallpipewillbelaidusingatrenchboxor
supportstructure.
InstallationofPipeHeadwallandGabionBasketStructure

The headwall will be constructed by means of hand filled gabion


basketsaroundtheoutfallpipeblendedintotheexistingcliffface.
Ageotextileseparationlayerwillbeplacedatthebaseofthecliffface,
on top of which a headwall will be constructed using gabion
mattressesandbaskets.
The baskets will be filled with locally sourced stone to maximise the
integration of the headwall with the existing cliff and surrounding
environment.

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The area in front of the headwall will be reinstated with locally


sourcedstonechosento maximisetheintegration oftheoutfallwith
theexistingcliffandsurroundingenvironment.

InstallationofLVIsurfacewateroutfallpipe

TheLVIsurfacewateroutfallpipewillbeplacedinsectionsandjoined
inthepreparedtrench.
TheLVIsurfacewateroutfallpipewillbebackfilledaftertesting.
The backfill material shall consist of compacted fine material with
progressive layers of excavated material being utilised to complete
trenchbackfill.

CliffandTrenchReinstatement

The cliff face will be reinstated once the outfall pipe installation has
progressed an adequate distance from the cliff to enable full cliff
reinstatement.
As the gabions are installed the cliff material will be compacted in
layersprogressingtooriginalgroundlevel.Thesubsoilwillbegraded
toreflecttheoriginalcontoursoftheheadland.
Geotextile may be required on steep sections of the cliff to prevent
winderosionandsiltrunoff.
The foreshore area will be reinstated to the highest achievable
standardwithmaximumreuseoforiginalforeshorematerial.
Surplusforeshorematerialwillbereusedordisposedofatalicensed
facility.
Anysurplusimportedrockwillberemovedoffsiteforreuse.
Thetemporaryfencingwillberemovedfromtheforeshoreduringcliff
reinstatement.
A stock proof fence will be erected on the cliff top for protection of
peopleandlivestock.

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EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS

Excavators
Articulatedtippertrucks
Fronttippingtrucks
Cranes
WeldingEquipment

RESTRICTIONS

TheworkingarealieswithintheGlenamoyBogComplex
BlacksodBay/BroadhavenBaycSPA4037

CONTINGENCY

PallisadeFencing
SurfaceWaterOutfallPipe
GabianBasketsandlocally
sourcedstone
Syntheticfabrics

Normalworkinghoursarerestrictedtobetween07:0019:00weekdays
and07:00and16:00Saturday.
NoiseandvibrationlimitsLightingconstraints.

A rock breaker mounted on an excavator, maybe required to achieve the


required depth for the LVI outfall pipe or the LVI outfall pipe termination
gabioninstallation.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
Noise,vibrationandlighting Noise and vibration will be minimized through design, and
appropriateselectionofplantandmachinery.
Disturbance.

Proactivemaintenanceofplantandequipment.

Claddingofstationarymachinerysuchasgenerators.

Screening will be placed on the palisade fence in designated


placestopreventdisturbancetobirdsinthepSPA.

Mobile and fixed site lighting will be designed to limit light


spillage.

Increaseddustlevels

Roads/working area will be dampened down, as required to


ensure dust levels due to construction activities are kept to a
minimum.

Damagetohabitatsinthe
cSACandpSPA

No machinery or personnel will be permitted outside the


temporary fencing on the foreshore with the exception of
specialistswhoareconductingmonitoring/surveywork.
Works will be restricted to the section of cliff which was
reinstated in 2009. Fencing will protect the previously
undisturbed cliff on either side of the currently reinstated
sectionofcliff.
Sediment/pollutantrunoffcontrolmeasures(seebelow)willbe
implemented to minimise impact on shoreline, intertidal and
marinehabitats.
Imported stone, including that used for cliff reinstatement, will
belocallysourced.
Preconstruction surveys for otters and badgers will be
undertaken within 13 months prior to construction. The areas
to be included are approximately 50100m either side of the
centrelineofthepipelineforotters,and30meithersideofthe
centrelineforbadgers.
Wildlife will be excluded from the temporary works area by
meansofmammalprooffencing.

Constructionactivitiesmay
havenegativeimpactonlocal
wildlifeottersandbadgers.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
Groundnestingbirds
DisturbancetoBirdsandthe
pSPA
Prior to construction a walkover survey will be undertaken to

checkforgroundnesting birdsandthetemporaryworkingarea
onshorewillbemowedtodiscouragethesebirds.

A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in


order to ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on
landstobedisturbed.

SandMartin
A Sand Martin colony is located in the soft cliffs to the north and
north east of the landfall at Glengad. Mitigation measures as
outlinedbelowwillbeputinplace.

An exclusion zone will be defined above and behind the


colonysuchthatnoconstructionactivitiesaffecttheexisting
burrows or threaten the stability of the cliff in which the
burrowsaresituated.

Apartfromspecialistsconductingmonitoring,nopersonnel,
trafficandconstructionactivitieswillbepermittedbetween
the Temporary Working Area fencing and the clifftop
directlyabovethecolony.

Awideforeshoreexclusionzonewillbeinplacetoprevent
any activity on the foreshore below and in front of the
burrowswhichmaydeternormalbehaviourandcouldresult
inloweredbreedingsuccess.

Soil stockpiles will be covered where necessary with a fine


mesh netting to prevent sand martins from making nest
burrowstherein.

Lighting will be directed downwards and designed to


minimiselightspillageoutsidetheworkingarea.

Acoustic&visualscreeningofconstructionactivitieswillbe
inplace.

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POTENTIALENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION
IMPACT
BrentGeese

BrentGeeseoverwinterinthepSPAfromOctobertotheendofApril
andfeedonalgalbedsadjacenttotheGlengadlandfallsite.

Pollutionofterrestrial/
aquatichabitatsdueto
spillageorleaksofoil/diesel
fromplantandequipment.

Releaseofsuspendedsolids
fromtheworkscouldhave
negativeimpactonwater
quality.

Earthworksmaydisturb
archaeologicalremains

Construction activities for the LVI outfall, including cliff


reinstatement works will be carried out during summer
monthsandoutsidetheoverwinteringperiod.

Machinery and plant will be inspected prior to mobilisation to


site.

Refuellingofplant/machinerywilltakeplaceindesignatedareas
only.

Refuellingwillnottakeplaceontheforeshore.

Spillkitswillbeavailableonsite.

Asmuchaspossible,constructionworksassociatedwiththecliff
cut will be carried out during low tide or neap tides to prevent
inundation and subsequent mobilisation of sediment into the
marineenvironment.

In drain mitigation will be placed as required to reduce silt


impactonassociatedsurfacewaters.

TheLVIsurfacewateroutfallwillnotbeusedfordewateringof
excavationsduringconstructionworks.

A surface water management system will be utilised to ensure


removal of suspended solids prior to discharge to receiving
watersatanagreedlocation.

Pumpedwaterwillbesubjecttosedimentcontrolmeasures.

Alicensedarchaeologistwillbeonsitetomonitorallexcavations
inpreviouslyundisturbedareas.

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ONSHOREPIPELINECONSTRUCTION(Glengad)

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SUMMARY
Thismethodstatementoutlinesthemethodologyfortheconstructionofonshoregaspipelineandservices
from the tie in of the offshore pipeline to the Landfall Valve Installation (LVI) and from the LVI to the
tunnelreceptionpit.
PURPOSE

Thismethodstatementdefinesthemethodologyforconstructionofthepipeline
andservicesinGlengad,toincludepreparationofthepipelinetemporaryworking
area,pipelineinstallationandreinstatement.

LOCATION

Glengad Headland, between chainage 83.49 and 83.86. Most of the temporary
working area is within the Glenamoy Bog Complex candidate Special Area of
Conservation (cSAC). It is in close proximity to the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven
proposedSpecialProtectionArea(pSPA).

HABITATS/
CONSERVATION
STATUS

The habitats located within the temporary working areas at Glengad comprise
improvedagriculturalgrasslandandimprovedwet,rushygrassygrassland,neither
ofwhichareEUannexedhabitats.
With the exception of a short section of the pipeline route, these habitats are
locatedwithinthecSAC.

TIMESCALE

Preparation of the temporary working area and construction of the pipeline are
expected to take approximately two months. It should be noted that the
temporaryworkingareawillremainfencedoffuntilthecompletionoftunnelling
operationstofacilitateremovalofthetunnelboringmachine(TBM)andtoallow
connectionofthepipewithinthetunneltothepipelaidonshore.

TECHNIQUE

TemporaryWorkingAreaPreparation

The temporary working area will be fenced off using 3m high palisade
fencing.

Indesignatedsectionsonthenorthernsideoftheworks,theperimeter
fencewillbescreenedwithasuitablesolidboardtoprovideavisualand
acousticscreen.

Topsoil within the temporary working area will be stripped and


stockpiledonsite.Subsoilwillbestockpiledseparately.

Anyearthen(sod)bankstobeimpactedwillbecarefullydismantledwith
the surface sods being stored separately and maintained during
construction. Those earthen (sod) banks which do not require to be
dismantledwillbefencedofftoprotectthemfromconstructiontraffic.

A running track, consisting of geotextile overlaid with materials


excavated during LVI construction and/or locally sourced stone, will be
constructedtoallowaccessforconstructionplant.

Drains within the temporary working area will be identified by marker


posts

Interceptor drains and flume pipes will be installed, as necessary, to


isolateanddivertsurfacewaterarisingoffsitetoreceivingwaters.

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Limitedaccessacrossthetemporaryworkingareaforlandownerswillbe
provided for by agreement with the landowner and when construction
worksallowsafeaccess.

PipelineConstruction

Allpipelineswillbestrungout,weldedandtestedpriortoexcavatingthe
trench.
Thepipelinetrenchwillbeexcavatedandthematerialstockpiledonsite.
Should any distinct layers in the subsoil be encountered, they will be
excavatedandstockpiledseparately.
The excavated trench will be dewatered if required, from asump box at
thelowestpoint.
Thepipesectionswillbeloweredintothetrenchbymeansofsidebooms
and inspected and backfilled with selected imported material. The main
body of the trench will be backfilled with materials excavated from the
trench.Allsoillayerswillbereinstatedinreverseordertothemannerin
whichtheywereexcavated.

Reinstatement

As stated previously, the temporary working area and running track will be
maintaineduntilaftercompletionofthetunnelandassociatedtieinworks.Some
reinstatementofthepipelinetrenchmaybepermittedafterpipelineinstallation.
Finalreinstatementwillbeasfollows;
Thetemporaryrunningtrackwillberemovedoffsiteforreuse,if
appropriateanditsroutereinstated.
Thesitewillbereinstatedusingthestockpiledtopsoilandvegetationwillbe
allowedtoregeneratenaturally.Noseedwillbeimported.
Alldrainswillbereinstatedtotheirpreviousconditionorasagreedwiththe
relevantparties.
Whereappropriate,simple,surfacegravelfielddrainswillbeputinplaceto
preventwaterlogging.
Earthen(sod)bankswillbefullyreinstated.
Thetemporarypalisadefencingwillthenberemovedoffsiteandstockproof
fencingwillbeerectedtoprotectthereinstatedareas.

Note:AllmovementofmaterialswillbethroughtheGlengadcompoundentrance.

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Excavators
ArticulatedDumptrucks
TrackedDumpers
Sidebooms
Some sections of the temporary working area lie within the Glenamoy Bog
ComplexCandidatecSACandareadjacenttoBlacksodBay/BroadhavenBaypSPA.

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Construction works will be sequenced to facilitate the early commencement


ofreinstatementworksifpossible.
Normal construction work is restricted to between 07:00 19:00 weekdays
and07:00and16:00Saturday.
Noiseandvibrationlimits.
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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

Noise,vibrationand
lightingDisturbance.

Noiseandvibrationwillbeminimised through design,andappropriate


selectionofplantandequipment.

Proactivemaintenanceofmachinerytominimisenoiseandvibration.

Claddingofstationarymachinerysuchasgenerators.

Acousticscreening&fencingtominimisenoise.

Siteandmobilelightingwillbedesignedtolimitlightspillage.

Increaseddustlevels

Roads/workingareawillbedampeneddown,asrequiredtoensuredust
levelsduetoconstructionactivitiesarekepttoaminimum.

Damagetohabitats,
includingthoseinthe
cSAC

Fencing will be put in place to protect the Annex 1 dune grassland


locatedtothenorthoftheproposedpipelineroute.

Thetopsoilremovedwillbecarefullystored(separatelyfromthesub
soil)inordertomaintaintheseedbank.

Noseedwillbeimportedtopreventpollutionofthenativegenepoolby
aliengenotypes.

Sod banks impacted by construction will be carefully dismantled and


reinstatedbyhand.

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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

DisturbancetoBirdsand
thepSPA

Groundnestingbirds

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Prior to construction, the temporary working area will be mowed in


order to discourage ground nesting birds from attempting to breed on
thetemporaryworkingarea.
A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in order to
ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on lands to be
disturbed.

SandMartin
ASandMartincolonyislocatedinthesoftcliffstothenorthandnortheast
of the landfall at Glengad. Mitigation measures as outlined below will be
putinplace.

Anexclusionzonewillbedefinedaboveandbehindthecolonysuch
that no construction activities affect the existing burrows or
threatenthestabilityofthecliffinwhichtheburrowsaresituated.

Apart from specialists conducting monitoring, no personnel, traffic


or construction activities will be permitted between the fenced
temporaryworkingareaandtheclifftopdirectlyabovethecolony.

Soil stockpiles will be covered where necessary with a fine mesh


nettingtopreventsandmartinsfrommakingnestburrowstherein.

Lighting will be directed downwards and be designed to minimise


lightspillageoutsidetheworkingarea.

pSPA

At the northern side of the pipeline works, visual and acoustic


screeningwillbeplacedonthepalisadefenceindesignatedplaces
topreventdisturbancetobirdsinthepSPA.

Lighting will be directed downwards and be designed to minimise


lightspillageoutsidetheworkingarea.

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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

Constructionactivities
mayhavenegative
impactonlocalwildlife.

Preconstruction fauna surveys will be undertaken within 13 months


priortoconstruction,includingforottersandbadgers.Theareastobe
includedfor these twospeciesareapproximately;50100meitherside
ofthecentrelineofthepipelineforotters,and30meithersideofthe
centrelineforbadgers.

Duringconstruction,rampswillbeprovidedatopentrenchestoprovide
a means of escape for otters and badgers and other wildlife. Mammal
gates will be provided at the base of the fencing at 75m intervals to
allowottersandbadgersfreeaccessacross,andameansofescapefrom
theTemporaryWorkingArea.

Pollutionofterrestrial
andaquatichabitatsdue

spillageorleaksof
oil/dieselfromplantand

equipment.
Releaseofsuspended
solidsfromtheworks
mayhavenegative
impactonwaterquality.

Earthworksmaydisturb
archaeologicalremains.

Machineryandplantwillbeinspectedpriortomobilisationtosite.
Refuellingofplant/machinerywilltakeplaceindesignatedareasonly.
Spillkitswillbeavailableonsite.

The LVI outfall will not be used for discharge from dewatering of
excavationsduringconstructionworks.

Asurfacewatermanagementsystemwillbeutilisedtoensureremoval
ofsuspendedsolidspriortodischargetoreceivingwatersatanagreed
location.

Pumpedwaterwillbesubjecttosedimentcontrolmeasures.

Surface drainage will be put in place at the time of reinstatement to


preventwaterloggingwhereappropriate.

A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all excavations in


previouslyundisturbedareas.

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SUMMARY
The works involve the erection of security fencing, site enabling works and all associated works to facilitate
the erection and construction of various temporary structures required to service the tunnelling
operations and subsequent pipeline installation.
PURPOSE

This method statement outlines the general method and sequence for installation
of all temporary structures and services required for tunnelling. Actual tunnel
operations and launch shaft construction is detailed elsewhere.

LOCATION

Aughoose Compound, pipeline chainage 88.67 to 89.11. The Aughoose Compound


is adjacent to the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC (Site Code 000500) and the
Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA (Site Code 004037).

HABITATS /
CONSERVATION
STATUS

Habitats comprise non-annexed modified blanket bog habitats, eroding blanket


bog and cutover. They do not form part of any designated conservation site.

TIMESCALE

Approximately 6-8 months to construct the compound which will be operational


for a further 20 months depending on seasonal reinstatement. Construction of a
2nd entrance (Access B) will take place approximately 10 months after the main
entrance is constructed.

TECHNIQUE

The construction of the temporary compound comprises a number of main


construction operations; security fencing, entrance road construction, services
installation, initial welfare area construction, peat/stone handling area
construction, peat stockpiling, shear key construction, settlement pond
construction, site drainage installation, bulk earthworks, flexible pavement
construction, rigid pavement construction, retaining wall construction and
acoustic barrier construction. These operations are completed generally as
follows;
Security Fencing

A 3m high palisade fence is to be erected along the site boundary with the
L1202. This will involve a period of temporary traffic control to facilitate
this operation. All traffic control measures will be in accordance with
Chapter 8 of the Dept. of Transport Traffic Signs Manual and will be of
short duration.

A 3m high palisade fence situated on bog mats will be used where the site
boundaries are on peat (east, north and western sides).

In designated sections, the perimeter fence will be fitted with a suitable


solid board liner to visually and acoustically screen the works in order to
minimise disturbance to birds in the pSPA and otters on shorelines and
along the Leenamore River.

Entrance Road Construction

The site entrance road will be constructed using the stone road method of
peat replacement/displacement with selected imported locally sourced
stone.

The stone road will consist of a peat stone matrix (approximately 0.5m of
peat left insitu with a 300mm to 500mm single size stone pushed into it,

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forming a peat stone matrix).

Starting at the L1202 (incorporating the traffic control measures in


Chapter 8 of the Dept. of Transport Traffic Signs Manual) the road
construction will proceed northwards into the site.

All excavated peat will be placed directly into the peat storage area and
spread as required.

The initial 50m will consist of a widened site entrance to facilitate the
correct sightlines and a double gate security system for deliveries, visitors,
etc.

The entrance road will be widened inside the 2nd access gate to allow
laden vehicles turn around once they have passed through the gate. This
widened area will be removed once the entrance road opens out into the
peat handling area.

The stone road construction operation will also involve a temporary


surface water treatment system involving the construction of lined v*
shaped drainage channels, temporary settlement lagoons and a mobile
settlement/treatment unit. All surface water runoff from the stone road
construction will flow through the water treatment system prior to
discharge to the existing surface water ditch.

A secondary entrance (Access B) will also be constructed using a


temporary bog mat access from the peat handling area. A temporary
ramp will be installed to allow vehicular access from Access B onto the
L1202. For the initial construction phase of the project, Access B will only
be used in the case of emergency.

* V-ditches will be lined with impermeable high density polyethylene (HDPE) liner.
Services Installation

Trenches will be excavated within the site roads to facilitate the


installation of a surface water collection system, a watermains and
ducting for temporary power and telecoms.

All services will be installed to relevant engineering standards using an


open trench method in the installed stone road.

Services will be continuously tested and backfilled as excavation


progresses using the same materials excavated.

Peat/Stone Handling Area

In order to facilitate the export of peat to Srahmore a specific vehicle


turning and loading area (peat/stone handling area) will be constructed to
separate road traffic from site traffic.

Peat excavated from various locations of the site will be transported to


this location.

Peat suitable for stockpiling will be separated from peat which is to be


transported to Srahmore.

Part of this area will also be used for stockpiling stone used in

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construction operations.

A wheel wash facility will be installed in this area.

Initial Welfare Area Construction

The initial welfare area and materials laydown area will be constructed
within the peat handling area on the north-west side of the main access
road.

Welfare facilities will consist of toilets, offices, drying rooms, storage


containers, waste compactors and skips, canteens and bunded chemical
stores.

Peat Stockpiling
The peat from the surface of the site (generally 0.6 m), including the
surface vegetation, will be stockpiled onsite for reinstatement after
tunnelling completion.
It should be noted that an additional quantity of peat will be stored onsite
for reinstatement of locations where mineral soil will be excavated.
Peat stockpiling will involve the construction of a temporary bog mat
access into the designated areas.
Peat stored in the peat handling area will be transferred to the peat
storage area.
The vegetation layer will be placed (roots downwards) on top of the stored
peat so that it can continue to grow during storage and be available for
subsequent reinstatement.
The bog mat access will be removed as the area fills and will be reinstalled
again during reinstatement operations.
Shear Key Construction
In order to mitigate against geotechnical risks associated with peat
excavation (e.g. slippage of peat), a shear key will be installed around the
perimeter of the tunnelling compound by means of the stone road
method.
This will be completed prior to any excavation of the main body of peat
from the tunnel compound.
Peat excavated during shear key construction will be brought to the peat
handling area prior to stockpiling in the peat storage area or transport to
Srahmore.
Settlement Lagoon Construction
Prior to excavation of the main body of peat (bulk earthworks), a
settlement lagoon will be constructed at the low point of the site.
The lagoon will be constructed and lined/sealed with a HDPE liner. All
water collected in the various drainage ditches and pipes will flow to this
lagoon.

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An additional water tank will be constructed at the same time as the


settlement lagoon to provide additional storage capacity if required.
Settlement ponds will be covered by firm wire mesh (WeldMesh) of small
enough mesh size to prevent access to birds.
Site Drainage Installation
A surface water drainage system will be installed in the roads, shear keys
and main site as each section of works progresses.
The drainage system will consist of gullies, underground pipework,
manholes and a number of lined open ditches.
This system will collect all rainwater by gravity flow to the settlement
lagoon, passing through a bypass separator.
Acoustic Barrier Construction
The entire tunnelling compound will be surrounded by an acoustic fence.
Acoustic fence construction will progress in conjunction with shear key
construction.
This fence will be in place prior to commencement of bulk earthworks.
Bulk Earthworks
Once the shear keys, settlement lagoon and overground water storage
tank have been installed bulk excavation of the main body of peat will
commence.
This will be completed by means of excavators and dumptrucks and will
coincide with the replacement of the peat by imported fill.
In general, an approximate 0.5m depth of peat will be left insitu to form
the peat stone matrix, the surface peat will be stored onsite and the
remainder transported off site.
The peat will be completely removed where required in settlement critical
locations.
Flexible Pavement Construction
A flexible bitumen bound surface will be constructed over the majority of
the site (i.e access roads, shear keys etc).
This flexible pavement will consist of imported stone and bitumen bound
macadam materials to NRA specifications.
This will provide an impervious surface to reduce run off from the stone
roads and will provide an easily maintained clean surface for tunnelling
works.
Rigid Pavement Construction
In certain locations on the site the standard flexible pavement will be
replaced by a rigid pavement.

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The rigid pavement will be constructed from reinforced concrete and will
generally form foundations and bunded areas at various locations.
Retaining Wall Construction
At various locations retaining walls will be installed where a level platform
or a gradual fall is required for tunnelling works.
These walls will be constructed from precast items where possible for
future recycling. Where precast structures cannot be used, in situ concrete
walls will be constructed.
Stringing Area
Once tunnelling operations commence the stringing area construction can
begin.
This will be completed by means of excavators and dumptrucks and will
coincide with the replacement of the peat by a mixture of tunnel arisings
and imported fill.
In general, an approximate 0.5m depth of peat will be left in situ to form
the peat stone matrix, the surface peat and vegetation layer will be stored
on site, as for the tunnelling compound, and the remainder transported off
site.
A stone road will be constructed from the stringing area over to access B,
replacing the original bog mat emergency access. This road will be
constructed 10 months after initial site mobilisation.
Reinstatement

Once all tunnelling, pipelaying, testing and commissioning are complete


the entire compound will be reinstated with a layer of peat which was
previously stored in the peat storage area.

All construction materials that can be reused (fencing, bogmats, precast


retaining walls, underground pipework, etc.) will be carefully dismantled
and transported off site.

Other materials such as surplus stone will be returned to local quarries or


used elsewhere in the locality if possible.

Materials which cannot be immediately reused (i.e. tarmacadam, concrete


etc) will be transported to a recycling facility.

Any materials which do not fit the above criteria will be removed to a
licenced waste facility.

In locations where peat was entirely removed during construction (e.g


crane locations) the imported fill will be excavated and a 1m layer of peat
will be installed on top of the mineral soil level and the fill placed back on
top of this peat layer again.

The top 300mm to 500mm of stone will be excavated and removed off
site.

Finally, the entire area will be covered with a layer of peat from the peat
storage area with the site being returned to its original levels in
preparation for habitat restoration.

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The surface vegetation layer will then be reinstated under the direction of
the Project Ecologist.

Once the area is reinstated, the original drainage system will be reinstated
and the perimeter security fence will be removed off site.

Stock proof fencing will be erected to protect the reinstated areas.

LGP Excavators
Tracked Excavators
Articulated Dumptrucks
Wheeled Excavators
Front Loading Dumpers
Tracked Dumpers
Articulated Trucks (road going)
Road sweepers
Water Bowsers
Tractors
Rollers
Vibrating wackers
Concrete pumps
Cranes
Loadalls
Generators
Lighting towers
Pavers
Chip spreaders
Tar sprayers
Tack coaters
Pitch cart
Thermoplastic lining trucks
Turving bucket (for use during reinstatement)

Working adjacent to:


 Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA.
 Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC.

Normal construction work will take place between 07:00 and 19:00
weekdays and 07:00 and 16:00 on Saturday. Only essential works will
carried out between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00.

Noise and vibration limits.

Lighting constraints.

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ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Noise, Vibration,
Lighting - Disturbance

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MITIGATION

Noise and vibration will be minimized through design, and appropriate


selection of plant and equipment.
Proactive maintenance of plant and machinery.
Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators.
A 3m high non-transparent noise barrier will be installed around the
perimeter of the tunnelling compound.
Mobile and fixed site lighting will be designed to limit light spillage.

Increased dust levels

Roads/working area will be dampened down, as required to ensure


dust levels due to construction activities are kept to a minimum.

Potential for indirect


impact on habitats and
species in the adjacent
cSAC /pSPA

Robust measures (see below) will be implemented to prevent


sedimentation and pollution of the adjacent Annex I estuarine and
interidal habitats in Sruwaddacon Bay and species which depend upon
them, including salmon.

Direct impact on
habitats as a result of
construction activities

Habitat reinstatement and vegetation restoration


During the initial site establishment works, plant material will be
harvested from areas which will be impacted during construction. This
will be removed from the site for propagation and for use during
reinstatement.
The surface layer of peat will be stored on site. The stripped vegetation
layer will be placed, right way up roots downwards, on top of the
peat in the peat storage areas for use in reinstatement.
If required, stored peat will be covered with Geo-jute to stabilise it and
to encourage vegetation growth following storage.
During re-instatement, the entire area will be re covered with a layer of
peat, and the vegetation from the top of the peat storage areas will be
replaced under direction from the Project Ecologist.
A phased re-instatement programme will be undertaken over 1 to 5
years.
Once the reinstated peat has stabilised, peat forming conditions will be
created by means of pool creation and Sphagnum inoculation.
Native scrub species will be planted in places in the reinstated peat
storage areas.

Construction activities

may affect local wildlife


(otters and badgers)

Fencing for the tunnelling compound will be fully wildlife proofed to


prevent mammals entering site.
Acoustic and visual screening on fences will minimise disturbance to
otters on shorelines of the bay.
During construction, ramps will be provided at any open trenches
accessible to wildlife to provide a means of escape.
Work activities will be limited to between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00.
Night caps will be placed over all pipe ends.

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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Construction activities
may affect amphibians

Disturbance to birds in
the locality (other than
in the pSPA)

Pollution of
Land/Water/ cSAC and
pSPA habitats & species
due spillage or leaks of
oil/diesel from plant
and equipment
Release of suspended
solids from the works
could have negative
impact on water
quality, cSAC and pSPA
habitats & species
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MITIGATION

Disturbance to birds in
the adjacent pSPA and
birds on migration

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Any frogs (adults, spawn and tadpoles) identified prior to, and during,
construction will be translocated under licence to a suitable location.
Habitat reinstatement will re-create the former channel and drain
systems so that frogs may use these post construction.
Acoustic screening barriers will be installed on the temporary
perimeter palisade fencing.
Solid acoustic fencing will be used within the compound to minimise
noise.
Lighting will be designed to minimise light leakage into the pSPA (light
intensity no more than 0.3 lux at the shoreline).
Green (beacon) lighting will be installed on tall structures and uprights
to reduce collision risk.
Settlement ponds will be covered by firm wire mesh (WeldMesh) of
small enough mesh size to prevent access to birds.
Robust sediment and pollution control measures to prevent impact on
prey species in the Bay (benthic macrofauna and fish species).
A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in order to
ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on lands to be
disturbed.
Vegetation restoration and planting of native scrub species during
reinstatement.
Machinery and plant will be inspected prior to mobilisation to site.
Refuelling of plant/machinery will only take place in designated areas.
Spill kits will be available on site.

The surface water treatment system will comprise a bypass separator


for removal of hydrocarbons followed by a settlement lagoon for
removal of suspended solids and the installation of a filtration system
for finer particles.
V-ditches will be installed up slope and down slope of peat storage
areas.
In drain mitigation will be placed as required to reduce silt impact on
associated waterways.
Culverts will be placed at locations where access roads must cross
existing drains and ditches.
Concrete wash system will be installed.
Wheel wash system will be installed.
Pumped water will be subject to sediment control measures.
Any concrete poured in situ will be covered to prevent run off during
rainfall as per industry best practice.

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IMPACT
Change in local
hydrology/hydrogeological regimes.

Works may disturb


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MITIGATION

An approximate 500mm depth of peat will be left in situ to form a peat


stone matrix in all areas except those classified as settlement critical.
The stone for constructing the stone road will be locally sourced and
carefully selected to ensure that it is appropriate for the local
environment within the peat.

A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all peat excavation


and tunnelling activities.

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Construction of Start Shaft and Ramp

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SUMMARY
This document defines the construction methodology and sequence of works for the construction of the
starting shaft and ramp in the Aughoose Compound, for the Corrib Onshore PIpeline. In order to facilitate
commencement of the tunnelling works it is necessary to excavate a shaft and ramp into which the Tunnel
Boring Machine (TBM) will be lowered. The TBM will be lowered in sections into the shaft/ramp for
assembly prior to commencement of tunnelling.
PURPOSE

The start shaft and ramp will provide the commencement point for tunnelling works
and will serve as the main access corridor between the tunnel and the surface for
transport of material, plant and labour into and out of the tunnel.

LOCATION

The start shaft and ramp will be located in the Aughoose Compound at chainage
88.77. The start shaft is approximately 18m long x 9m wide and 12m deep, the
adjoining ramp is approximately 75m long x 6m wide and ranging in depth from 6m to
12m below ground level. The Aughoose Compound is adjacent to the Glenamoy Bog
Complex cSAC (Site Code 000500) and the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA (Site Code
004037).

HABITATS /
CONSERVATION
STATUS

The habitat present at the starting shaft is non-annexed eroding blanket bog. The
Aughoose compound is not in any designated conservation site.

TIMESCALE

The duration of construction of the start shaft and ramp is approximately six to seven
months. It is anticipated that construction will take place in 2011/2012.

CONSTRUCTION
METHODOLOGY

The construction of the start shaft and ramp is based on the use of a sheet piling
system with the placement of concrete for support in the lower part of the
excavation.
Under this method of construction the sequence of construction would be as follows:

In the deeper parts of the start shaft/ramp, where it is required to install


sheet piles through bedrock, the bedrock will be pre-drilled in order to
facilitate the installation of the piles.

Piles will then be installed to the required depth using appropriate drilling
and driving equipment.

Commence with initial excavation of material from within the footprint of


the sheet piles (to an initial depth of approximately 2m below the original
ground level).

Install upper level props or anchors as required to brace the sheet piles.

Continue with excavations down to bedrock level.

Install anchors at low level as required to brace the sheetpiles.

Commence with breaking and excavating of bedrock to the required level.

Place and construct reinforced concrete support in the lower part of the
excavation.

Construction of the TBM soft eye / sealing body.


Piling Works
The ground conditions expected to be encountered in the construction of the

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shaft/ramp will consist of an upper layer of engineering fill, mineral soil and
overlying bedrock. It is expected that bedrock will be encountered along the
entire length of the start shaft and ramp. As such the rock will be required to be
predrilled prior to the installation of the piles.

The size and geometry of the piles installed through the bedrock will be varied to
suit the installation process and the requirements of the detailed design. Where
piles are installed into bedrock it is envisaged that the piles will terminate below
the base of the excavation.

Following the initial installation of the piles, excavation will commence. As these
progress the sheet piles will have to be propped. To do this a series of walers will
be lifted into position inside the excavation and secured in place onto the
sheetpiles once the upper 2m of excavation has been carried out.

Where upper level anchors are required in the walls then they will be installed
prior to the positioning of the walers and later tensioned following the
installation of the walers. Lower level anchors may also be required depending
upon the outcome of the detailed design.

Excavations
Upon installation of the sheet piles it will be required to excavate the material
from within the area enclosed by the sheet piles. Excavation will be carried out in
various stages. Initially, the upper 2m of material will be removed using an
excavator(s) after which a series of struts/wailers will be installed to support the
upper level of the sheet piles. The struts will act as props spanning across the
excavation props will be secured to walers placed on the face of the sheet piles
within the excavation.

If necessary, a series of anchors will be installed as described above. Excavations


will then re-commence and be progressed down to bedrock.

Where bedrock level is reached within the excavation it may be necessary to


install additional anchors through the sheet piles in order to ensure the stability
of the sheet pile structure prior to works progressing deeper. These anchors will
be installed using a drill rig working within the excavation.

Following the installation of the anchors, excavation for the lower section of the
shaft/ramp will recommence. In order to remove the bedrock from the lower
level of the excavation, excavator(s) will be fitted with hydraulic breaker(s) which
will be used to break out the rock. Depending on the integrity of the rock
encountered additional excavation measures may be required (such as predrilling) to facilitate the extraction/removal of rock.

As and when sufficient volumes of rock have been broken, an excavator(s) will
remove the broken rock from the excavation. A crane may also be utilised to assit
with the removal of rock from within the lower level of the shaft/ramp.

Groundwater ingress into the excavation will be controlled by pumping from


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discharged into the settlement lagoon or to an alternative temporary


storage/treatment facility, if necessary.

Excavated material brought to the surface will generally be loaded into a dump
truck and either reused on site or transported to a temporary stockpile within the
Aughoose compound from where it will be transported off site.

Placement of Concrete
Concrete will be required to support the piles in the lower part of the excavation
(through the bedrock) and also for the construction of the required slab at the
bottom of the excavation.

Upon completion of the excavation works to the required level, reinforced


concrete, 0.5 to 1.0 m thick will be constructed in situ at the bottom of the shaft
and ramp. To prevent uplift of the concrete it may be required to install a series
of rock anchors into the bedrock underlying the reinforced concrete slab. These
anchors will be installed using a drill rig working from within the partially
completed ramp/shaft excavation.

Low strength concrete will be used to form the TBM soft eye / sealing body.

Reinstatement
Once the onshore pipeline and associated services have been installed in the
tunnel and the tunnel fully grouted, the start shaft and ramp will be backfilled.
The pipeline and associated services will be backfilled with suitable bedding and
surround material.

EQUIPMENT

The remaining excavation will be backfilled with suitable material compacted in


layers to within 1m of the underside of the original peat depth where a 1m layer
of low permeability reworked peat will be placed. Further backfilling of suitable
compacted material will continue to the underside of the surface reinstatement
layer, which will comprise peat.

As backfilling progresses upwards, sheet piles left in situ will be cut to a depth of
1m below finished ground level. Anchors used for bracing of the sheet piles will
be distressed and props/walers removed.

Reinstatement of the peat layer will be in accordance with the method statement
for the Aughoose Compound.

The surface vegetation layer will then be reinstated under the direction of the
Project Ecologist.
Piling rigs
Mobile cranes
Telehandlers/ Lifting and loading
devices
Excavators
Various pumps

Hydraulic breakers
Dump trucks
Rotary drilling equipment
Drilling rigs for anchor installation
Miscellaneous small tools

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Working adjacent to:

Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA

Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC


Noise and vibration limits
Lighting constraints
Normal construction works will be restricted to between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00
weekdays and 07:00 and 16:00 Saturday.

POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

Noise, vibration and lighting.

Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and


appropriate selection of plant and equipment.

Proactive maintenance of machinery.

Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators.

Acoustic screening & fencing.

Site and mobile lighting will be designed to limit light spillage.

Increased dust levels

Roads/working area will be dampened down, as required to ensure


dust levels due to construction activities are kept to a minimum.

Potential for indirect impact


on habitats and species in the
adjacent cSAC /pSPA

Robust measures (see below) will be implemented to prevent


sedimentation and pollution of the adjacent Annex I estuarine and
intertidal habitats in Sruwaddacon Bay and species which depend
upon them, including salmon.

Direct impact on habitats as a


result of construction
activities

Careful reinstatement of the area will be carried out following the


completion of the tunnelling works.
Habitat reinstatement and vegetation restoration will be carried out
as set in the Aughoose Compound Method Statement.

Disturbance to birds in the


adjacent pSPA and birds on
migration

Mitigation measures, as set out for the Aughoose Compound as a


whole, will be implemented

Disturbance to birds in the


locality (other than in the
pSPA)

A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in order


to ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on lands to be
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Pollution of Land/Water/ cSAC


and pSPA habitats & species

due spillage or leaks of


oil/diesel from plant and
equipment.

Machinery and plant will be inspected prior to mobilisation to site.

Release of suspended solids


from the works could have
negative impact on water
quality, cSAC and pSPA
habitats & species therein
including salmon.

Groundwater which may ingress into the excavation will be


controlled by setting up temporary sumps in the floor of the
excavation to dewater the excavation. Pumped water will be subject
to sediment control measures.

A surface water managment will be utilised to ensure removal of


suspended solids prior to discharge to receiving waters at an agreed
location.

Please refer to the Aughoose Compound Method Statement

A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all excavations in


previously undisturbed areas.

Earthworks may disturb


archaeological remains

Refuelling of plant/machinery will take place in designated areas


only.
Spill kits will be available on site.

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SUMMARY
This document describes the construction of the 4.9km segment lined tunnel in which the Corrib Onshore
Pipeline between Glenagd and Aughoose will be installed.
PURPOSE

A 4.9km segment lined tunnel will be constructed using a Tunnel Boring Machine
(TBM) between Aughoose and Glengad.

LOCATION

The segment lined tunnel will be constructed from the starting shaft located at
Aughoose (approx. Chainage 88.77). From there, the pipeline route traverses
(underneath) the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC and the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven
pSPA at Sruwaddacon Bay in a north-westerly direction towards Glengad for
approximately 4.9km, where the reception shaft (Chainage 83.88) will be
constructed in the cSAC. The tunnel will be constructed with a minimum depth of
cover of 5.5m.

TIMESCALE

It is anticipated that the tunnelling process will take approximately 15 months to


complete (at an average of 11m/ day).
The tunnelling construction will be carried out on a 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
basis.
Other associated works, such as material transport and tunnel arisings disposal will
be executed between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 weekdays and 07:00 and 16:00
Saturday.

CONSTRUCTION
METHODOLOGY

The scope of works for the construction of the segment lined tunnel can be
generally divided into the following work steps:

Construction of the 4.9km tunnel including access ramps, starting shaft


and reception shaft;
Installation and testing of the 20 inch gas pipeline and services in the
tunnel; and
Grouting of the tunnel and re-instatement of the shafts.

Further details on the construction of the start and reception shafts are provided in
other method statements.

Prior to the commencement of tunnelling, the Aughoose compound is


constructed and associated utility systems, e.g. an appropriate surface water
management system, are made available. A separate method statement
describes the construction of the Aughoose compound.

Plant and equipment required for the tunnelling, including the TBM, are then
mobilised to site.

All TBM assembly and material supply will be managed from the starting shaft
in Aughoose.

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Plant and Equipment


The main plant and equipment required for the tunnelling process include:

Gantry crane;
Grout mortar Silos
Slurry treatment plant
Bentonite tanks and silos
Freshwater tank
Water storage tanks
Filter press
Power generation units

Following the installation of all the required plant and the set up of the site
compound and function testing the tunnelling process will commence.

Tunnel construction:

The tunnel will be constructed using a slurry shield tunnelling method which
involves the drilling/boring of the soil face using a TBM and then installing
precast concrete segments as the TBM progresses.

The cutting wheel at the front of the TBM tunnels into the ground. The TBM is
controlled by the steering cylinders within the TBM which pushes the cutter
head in the desired direction.

Power switchboards, hydraulic and logistic units are all installed near the TBM
on a number of back-up trailers. These trailers (typically of 8 10 m length) are
interconnected and pulled by the TBM through the tunnel.

Concrete segments are transported to the front of the tunnel on a train that
runs on tracks within the tunnel during construction. These tracks are installed
in parallel to the tunnelling operation on one of the TBM back-up trailers.

The stacked segments are transported through the tunnel to the tail skin by a
supply system with train cars and cranes. An erector unit located within the
TBM is used to pick up the segments from the train and it installs the segments
into the designated position. Once installed they are bolted to the already
installed ring and segments.

Concrete segments which are erected inside the back end of the tunnelling
machine (the tail skin) and assembled to form a complete segment ring which
is connected, grouted and when in position acts as the tunnel lining.

After completion of one segment ring, all jacking cylinders are extended for a
further advance cycle. By using this method of tunnel lining, the already built
concrete tunnel remains stationary and serves as an abutment for the advance
of the TBM. Grout (annulus grouting) is injected into the overcut behind the
installed segment rings, which is created by the cutting wheel during
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Slurry lines for spoil transport, air duct for ventilation, pressurised air supply
and power/communication cables are installed inside the tunnel to support
the drilling process.

Drilling fluid consisting of a suspension of water and bentonite (bentonite


slurry) is used for lubrication and cooling of the cutting head, removal of
cuttings and stabilisation of the cutting face.

Bentonite slurry suspension will be pumped through the feeding pipe into the
TBM working chamber. It is mixed with the excavated soil / rock and pumped
back through the slurry discharge pipe to the separation plant at Aughoose
Compound. The soil is separated and the recycled bentonite slurry suspension
pumped through the tunnel back into the TBM working chamber.

The excavated materials from tunnelling (tunnel arisings) is separated from the
drilling fluid/bentonite slurry mixture using a separation plant where shakers
are deployed and stockpiled temporarily within the Aughoose Compound in
designated area.

The surplus bentonite slurry will be removed and dewatered in a filter press.
After being treated in the filter press the filter cake is dry enough for
transportation to a licensed waste facility.

Mixing of Grout Mortar

Grout mortar will be used for grouting the annulus of the tunnel (voids behind
the segments). The grout mortar will also be used for filling the tunnel
following the installation of the pipeline and services.

Mixing of grout will take place in a controlled and contained environment


using automated mixing tanks located in the Aughoose Compound. Grout silos,
located adjacent to the mixing tanks, will be filled with dry cement brought in
by container truck. The cement will be blown into the storage silos from the
container truck using a sealed unit and stored there for mixing as required
during the works.

The mixing operation will involve the grouting mix and water. This is then
pumped in containers which are transferred to the tunnel using the tunnel
railway.

To prevent ingress of water and grout into the TBM, brush seals between the
tail skin and the erected segments are filled with grease.

Demobilisation and Reinstatement:

When the TBM reaches the receiving shaft in Glengad, it will be recovered and
the installation of the gas pipeline and services can start. Installation of the
pipeline and services is from Aughoose.

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Demobilisation of the TBM will be carried out at the Glengad site. Tunnelling
equipment, such as separation plant, bentonite treatment plant, grout silos,
etc. at the Aughoose Compound will be demobilised in stages upon completion
of the significant elements of the works.

Once the onshore pipeline and associated services have been installed in the
tunnel and the tunnel fully grouted, the start shaft and ramp will be backfilled.

Backfilling of the Tunnel & Pipeline Installation:

EQUIPMENT

RESTRICTIONS

The grout mortar will also be used for filling the tunnel following the
installation of the pipeline and services.

The equipment associated with this backfilling operation will be located at the
Aughoose compound and the backfilling operation will be carried out from one
side only by pumping the backfilling mix through the pre-installed grouting.

Tunnel boring machine (TBM)

Filter press

TBM back-up system

Supply system, feeding pipes / cables

Tunnel segments

Control Station

Track and train system

Lifting and loading devices

Separation plant

Tanks

Bentonite handling unit

Gantry crane

Bentonite silos

Mortar silos

Tunnel will be constructed underneath:


Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA
Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC
Noise and vibration limits
Lighting constraints
Non-essential activities may require to be suspended at the Aughoose Compound
on Easter Sundays during periods when Mass is taking place at the nearby
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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

Release of bentonite to
environment

The composition of slurry is designed to suit the geotechnical conditions.

Bentonite pressure and rate of usage will be monitored constantly. In the


event of bentonite release the bentonite operating pressure will be reduced
immediately to reduce bentonite loss.

Bentonite sensors will be installed in the excavation chamber. The chamber


can be separated from the slurry system.

The TBM speed will be altered to suit the ground conditions.

In the unlikely event of a bentonite release the design and operation of the
TBM will limit the volume to 7m3.

Measures will be implemented at Aughoose and Glengad to prevent any


egress of bentonite into watercourses leading into the cSAC /pSPA. A hard
standing area for bentonite handling plant will be located in the Aughoose
Compound. There is a separate drainage system where the run-off is
collected and pumped into a used bentonite tank. During removal of the
TBM at Glengad, the shaft will be partially flooded. This water will be
contained within the shaft and removed offsite for treatment at an
appropriate licensed water treatment facility. Robust measures will be
taken to ensure there is no bentonite release during the loading, handling
and transport of the TBM in Glengad.

Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and appropriate


selection of plant and equipment.

Proactive maintenance of machinery.

Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators and separation plant.

Acoustic screening & fencing.

Site and mobile lighting will be designed to limit light spillage.

Noise, vibration and


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the adjacent pSPA and
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MITIGATION

Potential for indirect


impact on habitats and
species in the adjacent
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Acoustic screening barriers will be installed on the temporary perimeter


palisade fencing.
Solid acoustic fencing will be used within the compound to minimise noise.
Lighting will be designed to minimise light leakage into the pSPA (light
intensity no more than 0.3 lux at the shoreline).
Green (beacon) lighting will be installed on tall structures and uprights to
reduce collision risk.
Settlement ponds will be covered by firm wire mesh (WeldMesh) of small
enough mesh size to prevent access to birds.
Robust sediment and pollution control measures to prevent impact on prey
species in the Bay (benthic macrofauna and fish species).
See LVI, Glengad Compounds and Access Road MS for details of further
mitigation.
Robust measures (see below and Aughoose Compound Construction MS)
will be implemented to prevent sedimentation and pollution of the adjacent
Annex I estuarine and interidal habitats in Sruwaddacon Bay and species
which depend upon them, including salmon.

Pollution of
Land/Water /cSAC and
pSPA habitats & species
due spillage or leaks of

oil/diesel from plant


and equipment.

Machinery and plant will be inspected prior to mobilisation to site.

Release of suspended
solids from the works
could have negative
impact on water quality

A surface water management system will be utilised to ensure removal of


suspended solids prior to discharge to receiving waters at an agreed
location.

Earthworks may disturb


archaeological remains

A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all excavations of the


tunnel start and reception shafts.

In the event of an archaeological find the archaeologist may have work on


the site stopped, pending a decision as to how best to deal with the
archaeology by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
(DAHGA) (previously assigned to the Department of Environment, Heritage
and Local Government (DoEHLG).

Refuelling of plant/machinery will take place in designated areas only.


Spill kits will be available on site.

Pumped water will be subject to sediment control measures.

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SUMMARY
This document describes the handling and monitoring of bentonite during tunnelling for the Corrib
Onshore Pipeline project.
WHAT IS
BENTONITE?

Bentonite is a natural product comprising very fine inert clay which is widely used
in an aqueous suspension in tunnelling construction projects.
Bentonite is considered by the OSPAR Commission* as being a substance that
Poses Little or No Risk to the Environment (PLONOR)

PURPOSE

The Corrib Onshore Pipeline will be installed into a 4.9km segment lined tunnel.
4.6km of this tunnel will be constructed beneath Sruwaddacon Bay which
comprises part of the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC and the Blacksod
Bay/Broadhaven pSPA.
A tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be used to construct the tunnel by excavating
material in front of the TBM, behind which concrete segments will be installed.
A drilling fluid consisting of a suspension of water and bentonite (bentonite
slurry) is used for lubrication and cooling of the cutting head, removal of cuttings
and stabilisation of the cutting face.

BENTONITE USE

BENTONIITE
HANDLING

The bentonite slurry will be pumped to the TBM via pipes within the tunnel
where it is introduced at the cutting face. As the soil is excavated by the TBM,
it passes through a crusher at the rear of the cutting head.

All material is reduced to a maximum size of approximately 40mm and then


hydraulically transported as a bentonite slurry to the surface via the slurry
discharge line.

The bentonite slurry containing the excavated material is pumped back to the
seperation plant located at the Aughoose Compound.

Excavated materials from tunnelling (tunnel arisings) will be separated from


the bentonite slurry mixture and stock-piled temporarily on the site in
purpose designated area.

Recycled slurry will be pumped back to the TBM excavation chamber by


means of feed pumps located at the separation plant and in the tunnel where
the process is repeated.

Solids will be removed from the excess bentonite slurry in a filter press and
the solid cake (filter press outcome) will be disposed of at licensed waste
facility. Process water from the filter press requiring disposal is tankered
away and disposed off at a licensed water treatment plant.

Bentonite handling will occur in the following areas: and the process is outlined in
Figure 1 below :
Bentonite mixing plant

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will be stored in silos.

The supply of dry bentonite powder to the mixing plant is fully automated via
a closed screw conveyor system. Bentonite will be mixed with water in the
bentonite mixing plant prior to being pumped to the fresh bentonite storage
tank. This process will be carried out within a closed system.

Fresh Bentonite Storage Tank


The fresh bentonite storage tank is used to store the drilling fluid before it is used
at the TBM tunnelling process.
Separation Plant

The purpose of the separation plant is to separate the excavated material


from the transporting medium (bentonite slurry).

The separation plant is the central facility where the bentonite slurry coming
from the TBM is treated and recycled. It is then fed back to the header tank
(linked to the fresh bentonite storage tank) through the slurry circuit to the
TBM.

Filter Press

The function of the filter press is to separate the remaining solids from the
used slurry from the separation plant.

After being treated in the filter press the solids are stored prior to been
disposed off at a licensed waste facility.

The remaining liquid will be disposed of at licensed wastewater treatment


plant.

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The bentonite slurry system is a controlled operation from the silos to the cutting
face and back through the slurry system to the separation plant.
During Tunnelling

Bentonite slurry will penetrate the surrounding ground over a short distance
in order to support TBM face during tunnelling. The pressure of the slurry at
the soil face will be controlled by a compressed air cushion inside the TBM,
which allows for rapid changes of the slurry volume in mixed ground
conditions, while automatically maintaining a pre-set face support pressure.
The pressure at the soil face will be continuously measured and monitored by
the TBM operator and alarmed when limit values are met.

The design and the operation of the TBM will ensure that any break-out
release will be contained to around 7m3

In the unlikely event of a:


Bentonite loss beyond the immediate vicinity of the tunnel bore; the
bentonite operating pressure will be reduced.

Uncontrolled bentonite leakage within the slurry circuit; internal actions


will be initialised immediately to identify and eliminate the cause of the
problem.

Uncontrolled bentonite breakout on the TBM cutting head; the


bentonite operating pressure will be reduced immediately to reduce
bentonite loss. Immediate actions will be initialised to identify, eliminate
the cause of the problem.

Onsite at Aughoose Compound

Bentonite handling will be carried out within a closed system and located in a
hard standing area. It will have a separate drainage system from which all
run-offs will be collected and pumped into a used bentonite tank.

Bentonite, though not considered to be a hazardous material, will be stored


and handled within a contained unit. Surplus bentonite slurry following
completion of tunnelling will be treated and disposed of at an appropriate
licensed water treatment facility.

Onsite at Glengad Reception Shaft Compound

MONITORING

During removal of the TBM at Glengad, the shaft will be partially flooded. This
water will be contained within the shaft and removed offsite for treatment at
an appropriate licensed water treatment facility.

Robust measures will be taken to ensure there is no bentonite release during


the loading, handling and transport of the TBM in Glengad.

The use and consumption of drilling fluid in the tunnelling process will be
monitored throughout the works by material balance calculations and pressure

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control.

EQUIPMENT

The bentonite slurry level in the cutter head is continuously monitored by


a series of level sensors.
The volume imbalance or the reduction in pressure and bentonite levels
would alert the operator and mitigation measures as listed below would
quickly be put in place to control any localised breakout.
The feed and discharge pipes of the TBM are equipped with a flow
indicator and a density measurement system to monitor the most
important parameters of the bentonite suspension and mass balance. All
values will be stored electronically and can be monitored at any time in
the control cabin of the TBM as well as in the site office and the
Separation Plant.
The separation plant control cabin is also equipped with monitoring
equipment where all the bentonite suspension data is shown.
In the TBM the face pressure will be monitored by the TBM operator via
pressure sensors located in the excavation chamber. The pressure values
will be electronically stored and can be monitored continuously in the
control cabin of the TBM as well as in the site office and the separation
plant.

TBM
Separation Plant
Filter press (secondary slurry process)
Fresh bentonite tank
Used bentonite tank
Slurry pipes
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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT

MITIGATION

Release of bentonite to
environment

The composition of slurry is designed to suit the geotechnical conditions.

Bentonite pressure and rate of usage will be monitored constantly.

Bentonite sensors will be installed in the excavation chamber. The chamber


can be separated from the slurry system;

The TBM speed will be altered to suit the ground conditions.

Measures will be implemented to prevent any egress of bentonite into


watercourses leading into the cSAC /pSPA at Sruwaddacon Bay. A hard
standing area for bentonite handling plant will be located in the Aughoose
Compound. There is a separate drainage system where the run-off is
collected and pumped into a used bentonite tank. During removal of the
TBM at Glengad, the shaft will be partially flooded. This water will be
contained within the shaft and removed offsite for treatment at an
appropriate licensed water treatment facility. Robust measures will be
taken to ensure there is no bentonite release during the loading, handling
and transport of the TBM in Glengad.

In the unlikely event of a bentonite release the design and operation of the
TBM will limit the volume to 7m3.

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SUMMARY
The works involve the construction of the Corrib Onshore Pipeline across the Leenamore inlet and the wet
marshy areas either side.
PURPOSE

Outline the general methodology for the construction of the onshore


pipeline through the Leenamore inlet and wet grasssland areas either side
of the river inlet.

LOCATION

Leenamore inlet crossing and wet marshy areas either side (pipeline
chainage 89.11 to 89.35.)
The Leenamore inlet lies within the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC (Site Code
000500) and the Blacksod Bay/Broadhaven pSPA (Site Code 004037).
Habitats comprise non-annexed improved wet rushy agricultural grassland
on either side of the inlet.

HABITATS/CONSERVATION
STATUS

TIMESCALE/ TIMEFRAME

TECHNIQUE

Intertidal habitats (EU annexed i: Mudflats and sandflats not covered by sea
water at low tide and Upper and Lower Saltmarsh) are non-qualifying
habitats located within the cSAC and pSPA. The approximate area of these
habitats to be disturbed at this location is 2,000 m, which equates to less
than 0.002% of the cSACs total land cover.
Approximately 6 weeks (river crossing period is approximately 2 days). It
will be completed during a period of optimum conditions (dry period of low
river flow coinciding with a period of neap tides). Construction will not take
place during the salmon spawning season without prior written agreement
from IFI and DCENR.
Temporary working area preparation works
A 85 metre wide area will be fenced with 3m high fencing.
A section of this fence will be located on the foreshore.
The fence will be situated on bogmats or on precast concrete slabs
where ground conditions require.
Crossing Preparation works
Concrete coated pipes will be prepared prior to construction.
Cobbles within the river inlet to which epifauna & flora are attached will
be preserved by relocating to a similar position in the intertidal zone on
the shore, away from the works area. These will then be reinstated on
completion of construction works. A survey of the intertidal area will be
carried out on a receding tide to mark tidal lines in advance of
cobble/stone relocation and storage during the works.
Areas of salt marsh likely to be impacted by the works will be turved by
means of an excavator with a specially designed turving bucket. The
machine used for salt marsh turving will work in the inter-tidal area and
transfer turves to a turve storage area. Machinery will not be allowed to
track across the salt marsh during the separation of upper layers of the
foreshore.
The salt marsh turves will be stored in the intertidal area in a single
layer, on the foreshore which will be cleared of large stones prior to
placement. This will provide an even surface for storage.
A geotextile will be used at the seaward edge of the stored turves to
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removed prior to lifting of turves during reinstatement.


The salt marsh turves will be stored at the western edge of the
Leenamore Inlet, to the north of the pipeline route but within the
temporary working area, as this area is least susceptible to wave action
during prevailing westerly winds.
The surface layer (approximately 300mm) of the intertidal area will be
carefully lifted and stored to reduce the impact to the organisms
therein. This material will be used for reinstatement.
The two processes (salt marsh turving and separation of upper layer of
foreshore) will be undertaken at the same time, at low tide, allowing
gradual access across the inlet.
Onshore preparation works
The top soil in the wet grassland areas on either side of the inlet will be
stripped and stockpiled to one side of the temporary working area and
stored separately from the underlying peat /peaty soil.
River Crossing Preparation

The Leenamore River crossing will be carried out using an open-cut


trench. A stone road will be constructed using locally sourced, washed
stone (screened to remove fines) within 10 metres either side of the
river crossing.
A sand bag dam structure will be placed across the river inlet on both
sides of the excavation area. This structure will assist in containing
sediments, mobilised during excavation works, within the working area.
A flume pipe will be laid on the bed of the river to direct flow through
the temporary working area. The flume pipe will be used to divert river
flow during construction activities and will allow installation of the
onshore pipeline.
If required by the Inlands Fisheries Ireland (IFI), electrofishing will be
carried out, under permit, prior to instream works. All fish encountered
will be removed and relocated upstream. A strip net will be placed
upstream to prevent fish from entering the area. The stop net will be
removed upon completion of the works.
A temporary access bridge for construction traffic will be installed for
crossing of the Leenamore Inlet during pipeline installation works.

Pipeline Installation

The trench will be excavated so that the cover above the pipeline to the
riverbed will be a minimum of 1.6m.
Excavation will be carried out using two excavators located at opposite
sides of the river inlet. Machinery movement within the inter-tidal area
will be avoided.
Excavation will be carried out using perforated buckets to allow
separation of solid material from water.
Excavated material will be loaded into dumpers and transferred to the
Aughoose Compound for storage.
Once the trench is ready the prefabricated pipelines (one pipeline, one
sleeve) will be transported from the Aughoose compound and placed
into the trench.

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Reinstatement of the inlet

Following the laying of the pipeline and sleeve, the trench will be
backfilled initially with a 150mm sand or pea gravel surround followed
by coarse, silt free material (natural gravel) or, depending on quality, the
excavated material. Impact protection in the form of precast concrete
slabs will be placed over the pipeline and sleeve.
The upper layer of river bed sediment (300mm), that was stored
separately, will be replaced to reinstate the area where the open trench
existed.
The geotexile protection will be removed prior to lifting the turves from
the storage area. The salt marsh turves will then be moved back into
place. Temporary staking and horizontal timber boards (planks) will be
used to protect the outer edges of the turves against wave action during
recovery. Biodegradable geogrid may be used on the surface of the
turves if considered necessary.
The banks of the inlet will be stabilised to prevent bank erosion. Any
excess stone will be removed.
The temporary access bridge will be removed during reinstatement of
the salt marsh.
Finally, the large cobbles will be reinstated.

Reinstatement of the fields either side of the inlet

The wet grassland areas on either side of the inlet will be reinstated by
means of replacing the underlying peat /peaty soil and then spreading
the stockpiled top layer material in readiness for landscaping and
planting.
All security fencing will removed after reinstatement completion.

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EQUIPMENT
Lifting Booms
Bulldozer.
Dump trucks.
Rubber tyred excavators
Tracked Excavators
RESTRICTIONS

Turving bucket
Articulated trench rollers
6 inch water pumps
Filtration tank

The Leenamore inlet is within the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC and the
Blacksod Bay / Broadhaven pSPA.
Intertidal habitats are EU Annex I habitats (EU Habitats Directive):
1. Atlantic salt meadows (Salt marsh).
2. Mudflats and sandflats not covered by sea water at low tide.
Requirement to turve areas of upper and lower salt marsh.
Tidal conditions in the estuary and fluvial flows from the Leenamore
River.
Works will be completed during suitable tides and during a period of low
flow in the Leenamore River.
Construction work will be restricted to take place between 07:00 and
19:00 weekdays and 07:00 and 16:00 on Saturdays.
Noise and vibration limits.
Lighting constraints .
Works will be undertaken only after prior agreement with relevant
statutory bodies, in consultation with the Project ecologist.

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ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Construction Works
negatively impacting
local environment

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MITIGATION

Duration of construction will be minimised.


Mammal gates will be provided at the base of the fencing at 75m intervals to
allow otters and badgers free access across and a means of escape from the
temporary working area.
Ramps will be provided at intervals along the trench line to allow a means of
escape for wildlife should they enter the trench.
Weather forecast and tide tables to be observed before commencement of
construction in this area to ensure works are undertaken in suitable
conditions.
Works will be undertaken in summer time i.e outside the overwintering
period for the pSPA.
A walkover survey of onshore sections including shorelines will be undetaken
prior to construction in order to ensure that no ground nesting birds are
present on lands to be disturbed.
Water monitoring will be carried out in line with section 2.5.3 of the
Environmental Monitoring Programme (EMP, Appendix A).
Release of suspended Containment, settlement and /or filtration methods will be used where
solids from the works
necessary and will be put in place prior to commencement of preparation
could have negative
works.
impact on estuarine,
Once the river flow is isolated, river bed excavation works can commence.
intertidal, and
Operation of machinery within the river inlet and use of machinery in the
riparian habitats and
immediate vicinity of the inlet will be kept to a minimum to avoid any
species.
unnecessary disturbance.
Disturbance of bankside soils and inlet sediments will be kept to the
minimum required for the pipe laying process to avoid unnecessary impact
on the river habitat.
If pumps are utilised, care will be taken to screen pump inflows to protect
fish and to ensure that the watercourse upstream of the barriers is not
pumped dry.
Splash plates will be placed at the outflow of pumps to ensure that scouring
and suspension of fine sediments does not take place.
Locally sourced quarry stone will be used adjacent to the inlet
(approximately 10m each side).
Upon completion of the instream work, the inlet will be restored to its
original configuration and stabilised to prevent bank erosion by means of
timber stakes, timber planks and geotextiles as required.
Pollution of terrestrial Machinery and plant will be inspected for potential leaks prior to being used
/ aquatic habitats due
in the crossing works.
spillage or leaks of
Refuelling of plant/machinery will only take place in designated areas.
oil/diesel from plant
Spill kits will be available on site.
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ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Release of sediment
from works could
have negative impact
on estuarine,
intertidal, and
riparian habitats and
species.
Interference with the
chemical balance
caused by nonchemically
compatible materials
such as stone.
Noise, vibration and
lighting Disturbance.

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MITIGATION

Sediment Control measures will be put in place prior to commencement of


preparation works.

Locally sourced and washed quarry stone will be used adjacent to the river
inlet (approximately 10m each side).

Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and appropriate


selection of plant and machinery
Proactive maintenance of plant and machinery will be carried out.
Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators.
Mobile lighting will be designed to limit light spillage.
Machinery will not be permitted to move across areas of salt marsh during
the separation of upper layers of foreshore.
Control measures outlined in the construction technique must be complied
with. Particular attention will be given to protection of salt marsh prior,
during and post construction.

Construction activities
may have a negative
impact on salt

marshes due to the


friable nature of the
substrate and
relatively low
coherence of the
vegetation layer.
Damage to river

bank.
Earthworks may

disturb archaeological
remains.

Upon completion of the instream work, the river inlet bank will be restored
to its original configuration and stabilised to prevent bank erosion by means
of timber stakes and fencing.
A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all ground disturbances.

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Onshore Works Aughoose

METHOD STATEMENT Rev 01

Onshore pipeline construction in recovering eroded blanket bog


(190m section)

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SUMMARY
The works involve construction of a pipeline (and associated stone road) in a 190m section of recovering
eroded blanket bog and the reinstatement of same.
PURPOSE

Outlines the general methodology for completing the onshore gas pipeline through a
190m section of recovering eroded blanket bog.

LOCATION

Aughoose, pipeline chainage 89.35 to 89.54

HABITATS /
CONSERVATIO
N STATUS

Recovering eroded blanket bog which is expected to return to, but has not yet
achieved, EU Annex I habitat quality.
This is not within any designated conservation site.

TIMESCALE/
TIMEFRAME
TECHNIQUE

Approximately 10 weeks to coincide with summer season


Supervision and Independent Verification
These works will be supervised by a suitably experienced and qualified geotechnical
engineer or geologist familiar with construction in peat. The role of the supervising
engineer is to ensure that the works have been carried out in accordance with the
specifications and standards as set out below. In this regard, the supervising engineer
will carry out an independent verification of the works (that is installation of reworked
peat layer) similar to a construction quality assurance (CQA) approach.
Specification, Installation, Supervision and Verification will be completed in accordance
with the following reports:
1. Reworked peat & mineral soil permeability research, AGEC, October 2009;
2. Report on Trial Trench and Impedance Layer (Chainage 89.350 to 89.540),
AGEC, May 2011.
Site Preparation
The 40m wide temporary working area will be set up as follows:
Install 3m high palisade security fencing mounted on bog mats.
In order to facilitate the construction of a 9m wide stone road the upper vegetation
layer of peat will be removed as turves.
The turves will measure approximately 2m x 1m x 0.5m and will be laid carefully on
bog mats in single layers within the temporary working area and stored for
reinstatement on completion of the works. The turves will be stored close together
to prevent drying of edges. They will be monitored during storage and irrigated as
required.

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Stone Road Construction


The process of installing the stone road will be a combination of excavation and
displacement of peat with stone. The depth of stone will vary depending on the
depth of the peat.
This area may need to be sheet piled prior to stone road construction to allow for
safe pipe laying activities.
Following removal of the turves, peat will be excavated to a nominal depth of 0.5m
from the base of the peat. Imported, single size stone will be pushed into this peat
layer to form a peat stone matrix.
Suitable peat excavated during stone road construction will be stored within the
temporary working area outside the 190m for future use in backfilling the pipe. The
specification and testing requirements to determine suitability of this peat will
conform with the recommendations outlined in the reports entitled 'Reworked peat
& mineral soil permeability research' (AGEC, October 2009), Report on Trial Trench
and Impedance Layer (Chainage 89.350 to 89.540), (AGEC, May 2011).
Additional peat for regulating the surface of the stone road prior to reinstatement
of the turves will also be stored outside of the 190m.
The remainder of the excavation will backfilled with a standard graded stone to a
level approximately 0.8m below the original surface level of the bog.
An additional bog mat access will be constructed adjacent to the stone road for
pipeline installation activities only.

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Pipeline installation

In this area, the trench excavation will go below the peat stone matrix in order to
get the required cover over the pipeline. This will involve excavation into mineral
soil.
String out pipeline and other services on bog mat road and prepare for laying.
Excavate trench and install pipe bedding.
Excavated material will be placed on the stone road to raise the level of the stone
road to that of the bog mat access, ensuring a level running track for operation of
side booms.

All mineral soil excavated during trench construction will be transported to a


licensed facility for disposal.
Install gas and service pipes, and surround services with suitable material (sand or
pea gravel) as per pipeline designers specification.
Roll out a geotextile layer over the level pea gravel. The width of the placed
geotextile filter membrane shall be of sufficient width to cover the trench base, side
walls and to allow a nominal 100mm lap above the interface of the peat and
mineral soil on both sides of the trench.
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follows:
o Suitable reworked peat will be placed into the trench using an excavator
bucket so as not to damage the geotextile filter membrane.
o Suitable reworked peat shall not be dropped from a height.
o Suitable reworked peat shall be placed uniformly into the trench to avoid
excessive dragging and to avoid spreading of peat over the geotextile.
o No compaction of the reworked peat layer is required other than light
pressing during placement using the back of an excavator bucket.
o Suitable reworked peat shall contain no large clods or other material
prohibited by the specifications (AGEC, 2009, and AGEC 2011).
o Testing of reworked peat is required; refer to Test Requirements and
Acceptable Limits for Reworked Peat Layer in Pipeline Trench, AGEC 2009,
and AGEC, 2011.
o During placement of reworked peat layer the trench shall be kept free of
water.
Place 300mm layer of clean stone immediately above reworked peat layer.
Backfill remainder of trench with trench arisings (that is stone road fill) stored on
stone road.

Reinstatement
It should be noted that reinstatement of this area will run concurrently with
reinstatement of the grassland area east of the Leenamore river crossing and will
proceed as follows:
Once the pipeline trench has been backfilled, remove the bog mats from beside the
stone road.
On reinstatement of this area, a regulation 100mm layer of peat will be spread
upon the stone road. The peat used for this process will be original peat excavated
from the area.
Stored turves will be packed firmly over the regulation layer and any gaps will be
hand-packed with peat scraw as the process is being done.

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Care will be taken to avoid compaction during reinstatement and the turves will be
reinstated to a slightly higher level than the surrounding bog in order to allow for
settlement post construction.
The reinstated turves are to be replaced carefully, under the supervision of the site
Environmental officer under the direction of the Project Ecologist.
Bog mats used for turve storage will be removed immediately after turve
reinstatement.

Monitoring, Testing & Reporting


Groundwater and peat water level monitoring will be completed in accordance with
Section 7.7 of AGEC, 2009, and in accordance with the Environmental Monitoring
Programme (SEPIL, 2011).
Independent on-site and laboratory testing will be completed on reworked peat
samples as per requirements of AGEC, 2009, and AGEC, 2011. Tests shall include:
o Moisture content (during storage and placement)
o Laboratory hydraulic conductivity (permeability), (during storage
and placement)
o Visual homogeneity
o Geotechnical engineering description (during storage and
placement)
o Peat thickness (during excavation)
The following reports will be prepared in accordance with Section 7.5 (7) of AGEC,
2009:
o Daily reports.
o Test Report (including field and laboratory testing).
o Validation Report Prior to Commissioning.
For further details of monitoring, testing and reporting reference should be made
to Environmental Monitoring Programme (SEPIL, 2011) and reports AGEC 2009
and AGEC 2011.

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RESTRICTIONS

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Side Booms.
Bulldozer.
Dump trucks.
Rubber tyred excavators.
Tracked Dumpers
Tracked Excavators
Articulated trench rollers.
6 inch water pumps
Turving Bucket
Working in an area of recovering eroded blanket bog which will be treated as
though it were EU Annex I blanket bog habitat.
Working in close proximity to, and upslope of, the Glenamoy Bog Complex cSAC
and Blacksod Bay / Broadhaven pSPA, and the Leenamore River.
No vehicle movements will be permitted outside the fenced working area.
Normal construction work will be restricted to between 07:00 and 19:00 weekdays
and 07:00 and 16:00 Saturday.
Noise and vibration limits.
Lighting constraints.

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IMPACT
Damage to recovering
eroded blanket bog

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MITIGATION

Loss of typical blanket


bog species due to
compaction of roots of
vegetation, surface
damage and water
logging from
compaction

Hydrological changes
caused by pipeline
acting as a drain

Interference with the


chemical balance
caused by nonchemically compatible
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The temporary working area width will be approximately 40m to allow


sufficient spacing for storage of turves.
No vehicle movements will be permitted outside the fenced working area.
The stone road will be limited to a width of 9m to minimise impact on peat
land.
A specially designed excavator bucket will be used to lift and place turves
carefully onto wooden bog mats so that the turves do not break up. These
mats will be located alongside the stone road within the temporary
working area.
Turves will be stored in a single layer on bog mats, stored close together to
prevent drying of edges, and will be monitored and irrigated as required
until reinstatement.
Stored turves will then be put back to cover the reinstated peat layer on
top of the stone road. Care will be taken to avoid compaction during
reinstatement.
There will be minimum delay between construction and reinstatement of
this section and every effort will be made to minimise the duration of
disturbance in this area.
Reduce vehicle movement to a minimum.
Temporary working area is fenced to prevent encroachment and damage
to the recovering blanket bog outside the working width.
Low ground pressure vehicles will be used for traversing peat prior to
construction of the stone road. No tracking outside the working area
during the set out phase.
Only essential vehicles will be used in this section.
Bog mat access road will only be in position for duration of pipe stringing
and preparation works, they will be removed as soon as the pipes and
services are backfilled.
Placement of reworked peat impedance layer. Works to be completed in
accordance with the following reports:
1. Reworked peat & mineral soil permeability research, AGEC, October
2009;
2. Report on Trial Trench and Impedance Layer (Chainage 89.350 to
89.540), AGEC, May 2011.
Peat plugs will be placed at approximately 50m intervals to prevent the
road acting as a preferential drainage channel.
Raised contoured turve ridges will also be placed at 50m intervals to
deflect surface water runoff.
The stone for constructing the stone road will be locally sourced and
carefully selected to ensure that it is appropriate for the local environment
within the peat.

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ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Pollution of terrestrial
and aquatic habitats
due spillage or leaks of
oil/diesel from plant
and equipment
Release of suspended
solids from the works
could have negative
impact on riparian and
intertidal habitats and
species
Noise, Vibration,
Lighting - Disturbance

Construction activities
may affect wildlife
(otters and badgers)

Disturbance to birds in
the locality
Damage during and
after reinstatement
works

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MITIGATION

Machinery and plant will be inspected for potential leaks prior to being
used in this area.
Refuelling of plant/machinery will only take place in designated areas.
Spill kits will be available on site.

Surface Water Control measures will be put in place prior to


commencement of construction works.
Silt control barriers will be installed along the boundary fence as required
to control sediment run-off.

Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and appropriate


selection of plant and equipment.

Proactive maintenance of machinery to minimise noise and vibration.

Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators.

Acoustic screening & fencing to minimise noise.

Site and mobile lighting will be designed to to limit light spillage.

Earthworks may disturb


archaeological remains

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Egress points will be placed at intervals along the trench line to allow
wildlife means of escape should they enter the trench.
Mammal gates will be provided at the base of the fencing at 75m intervals
to allow otters and badgers free access across and a means of escape from
the temporary working area.
A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in order to
ensure that no ground nesting birds are present on lands to be disturbed
Stored turves will be packed firmly over a regulation peat layer on top of
the stone road. Gaps will be hand packed.
Care will be taken to avoid compaction of turves during reinstatement and
the turves will be reinstated to a slightly higher level than the surrounding
bog in order to allow for settlement post construction.
A stock-proof fence will be maintained to protect the reinstated section.
A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all peat excavation
activities.

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Onshore Works Aughoose to Bellanaboy

METHOD STATEMENT Rev 1

Construction in Forested Area

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SUMMARY
This method statement describes the construction of the Corrib Onshore Pipeline in a stone road through
a forested peatland area. A pipeline trench will be excavated, the pipe installed, trench backfilled and the
area reinstated.
PURPOSE

This method statement outlines the general methodology for


construction of the Corrib Onshore Pipeline within a stone road through
a forested peat area.

LOCATION

Pipeline Chainage 89.54 to 91.42.


This section of the route runs south east crossing commercially forested
land before changing direction where it crosses a road at Chainage
90.137. There is also a small stream crossing in this area at Chainage
90.15. It changes direction again to run south to south west falling
towards a small valley and stream crossing at 90.72 and rising again
towards the Terminal site.

HABITATS/CONSERVATION
STATUS
TIMESCALE/TIMEFRAME

Habitats comprise commercial forestry plantation and are not within any
designated conservation area.
Approximately 6 months with stream crossings, to occur during a dry
weather period.

TECHNIQUE

Site Preparation

The 40m wide temporary working area will be fenced off with 3m high
palisade fencing mounted on bog mats.
Any necessary tree felling will be carried out under licence and in
consultation with the Project Ecologist during the winter season.
Areas of dense vegetation, including conifer plantations, affected by the
development will be monitored by faunal experts during vegetation
clearance.
Conifer trees will be felled and cut to ground level throughout the
working width, leaving roots intact, except along the route of the
pipeline trench, where trees including roots will be completely
removed.

Pipeline Construction

The pipeline will be constructed using the stone road method. At the
western edge of the section (from chainage 89.54) washed stone will be
used in a 10m buffer zone (to protect the recovering eroded blanket bog
to the west of chainage 89.54)
Peat will be excavated to approximately 0.5m from the base of the peat
and the excavation backfilled with stone to form a peat stone matrix.
The process of installing the stone road will be a combination of
excavation and displacement of peat with stone. The depth of placed
stone will vary depending on the depth of the peat.
The top surface of peat including the vegetation will be removed by
excavator and kept separate from peat excavated from lower layers.

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This material will be retained within the TWA and used during
reinstatement.
Stockpiled peat will be stored away from the point of excavation.
Once the stone road is in place, a trench will be excavated in the stone
road, within which the onshore pipeline and services will be laid (1m
separation between the gas pipe and the services). The trench will then
be backfilled using pipe bedding material and the excavated stone.

Stream Crossing (Chainage 90.15)

Stream crossing will be completed in dry weather conditions.


Sufficiently sized flume pipes will be placed within the stream and
overlaid with a geotextile membrane.
A stone haul road is constructed on top of the flume pipes to allow
construction traffic to cross the stream and from which the pipeline
trench will be excavated.
A dam will then be formed using impermeable clay and a sufficient
number of pumps will be set up. These will over pump any build-up of
water from the upstream side of the stream into its natural course on
the downstream side.
The trench will be excavated to the required level, with the trench
widened at each end to allow welders to connect the pipe under the
stream to the main pipeline. Sheet piles will be installed where
necessary and imported sand will be used to bed the pipe if conditions
so require. The trench will be kept dry by means of water pumps set up
at a sump box in the low point of the trench. The water will be pumped
into suitable fitration/settlement equipment prior to discharge into the
existing stream. The pipe section, having been strung / welded will then
be laid. The pipelines services and outfall pipe will also be installed at
this stage.
Backfilling of the trench in compacted layers will take place using the
excavated material where possible. Suitable selected fill will be placed
over the top of the pipeline before placing precast concrete slab across
the full width of the stream. The minimum cover over the pipe will be
1.6m at the stream crossings.

Temporary Compound (approx. Chainage 89.85)

A temporary construction compound approximately 80m x 50m will be


fenced off by means of 3m high palisade fencing. This compound will be
located to the south of the pipeline.
Any topsoil will be stripped and stored in a designated location within
the compound.
This compound will facilitate waste storage and contain office and
welfare facilities and may be used as a temporary storage area.

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There is a road crossing, which will be constructed using standard opencut techniques.
Liaison with Mayo County Council regarding existing services will take
place and a road opening licence will be obtained prior to construction.
Traffic control measures in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Dept. of
Transport Traffic Signs Manual will be put in place prior to excavation
works and a Traffic Management Plan will be in operation during the
works.
A trench will be excavated across the road and pipe sleeves installed
and the trench backfilled. The sleeves will be installed with a minimum
depth of cover of 1.6m.
A minimum clearance of 300mm will be maintained between the
onshore pipeline and any existing services.
Impact protection in the form of pre cast concrete slabs will be placed
over the sleeves where they are located under the road.
Road surfaces will be returned to a standard equal to or better than that
prior to construction of the pipeline.
The pipeline and ancillary services will then be pulled through the
sleeves during pipeline installation.

Reinstatement

Any pre existing land drains will be repaired and recorded on the asbuilt survey.
The reinstatement will take place using suitable Low Ground Pressure
(LGP) plant.
Any remaining roots, branches, etc will be gathered and removed offsite for later disposal.
A regulation peat layer of approximately 0.1m will be placed over the
stone road.
The top layer of peat with remnant vegetation will then be replaced in
preparation for landscaping and habitat creation.
Upon completion of instream work, the streams will be restored to their
original configuration and stabilised to prevent bank erosion by means
of geotextiles as required.

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Tracked Excavators
Rollers
Tracked Dumpers
Articulated Dump truck
Low Ground Pressure (LGP) tracked excavators
Side booms
Marookas

Area to the north of the L1202 is upslope of the Glenamoy Bog


Complex cSAC and Blacksod / Broadhaven Bay pSPA.

All watercourse crossings (streams and drains) in the catchment of


designated conservation sites, i.e. cSAC & pSPA to the north.

Noise and vibration limits

Lighting constraints

Normal construction work will be carried out between 07:00 and


19:00

Restrictions will apply in the event of encountering a badger sett


and otter holts along or in the vicinity of the pipeline route. In this
case the mitigation measures outline in EIS appendix J1, Tables 11a
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POTENTIAL
MITIGATION
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Construction Works
negatively impacting Weather forecast to be observed before commencement of stream crossing
local environment
Noise , Vibraion,
Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and appropriate
Lighting Disturbance
selection of plant and equipment.
Proactive maintenance of plant and machinery will be carried out.
Cladding of stationary machinery such as generators.
Mobile lighting will be designed to limit light spillage.
Construction
activities may have
Pre-construction surveys for otters and badgers will be undertaken within 1-3
negative impact on
months prior to construction. The areas to be included are approximately; 50local wildlife (non100m either side of the centre line of the pipeline for otters, and 30m either
avian and avian)
side of the centre line for badgers.
Areas of dense vegetation will be monitored by faunal experts during
vegetation clearance.
During construction, ramps will be provided at open trenches to provide a
means of escape for otters and badgers and other wildlife to escape.
Preconstruction fauna surveys, including for frogs, will be undertaken prior to
construction. Any adult frog, spawn and /or tadpoles present will be
translocated under the licence prior to and, if necessary, during construction.
Mammal gates will be provided at the base of the fencing at 75m intervals to
allow otters and badgers free access across and a means of escape from the
temporary working area.
A walkover survey will be undertaken prior to construction in order to ensure
that no ground nesting birded are present on lands to be disturbed.
Release of suspended Containment, settlement and /or filtration methods will be used where
solids from the works
necessary and will put in place prior to commencement of preparation works.
could have negative Once the stream flow is isolated, stream bed excavation works can commence.
impact on stream
Operation of machinery within the inlet and use of machinery in the
flora and fauna.
immediate vicinity of any stream will be kept to a minimum to avoid any
Potential for
unnecessary disturbance.
suspended solids to
Disturbance of bankside soils and instream sediments will be kept to the
enter drainage
minimum required for the pipe laying process to avoid unnecessary impact on
network/streams
the stream habitat.
which drain towards If pumps are utilised, care will be taken to screen pump inflows to protect fish
Sruwaddacon Bay
and to ensure that the watercourse upstream of the barriers is not pumped
which could have an
dry.
impact on salmonids, Splash plates will be placed at the outflow of pumps to ensure that scouring
frog breeding sites
and suspension of fine sediments does not take place.
and otters.
Locally sourced quarry stone will be used. Washed stone will be used adjacent
to streams (approximately 10m each side).
Upon completion of the instream work, the stream will be restored to its
original configuration and stabilised to prevent bank erosion by means of
geotextiles as required.

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POTENTIAL
MITIGATION
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
The loss of habitat as Any required tree felling will be carried out under licence and outside the bird
a result of tree felling
nesting season. In the unlikely event that any tree felling is required at any
and clearing of dense
time during the bird nesting season, such trees to be inspected by suitably
vegetation has the
qualified ecologist in advance.
potential to have
The edges of the temporary working area will be replanted with the
negative impact on
appropriate tree and shrub species during reinstatement. The top surface of
fauna.
peat including the vegetation will be removed by excavator and stored
separately from peat excavated from lower layers. This material will be
retained and used as a top layer during reinstatement.
Pollution of
Machinery and plant will be inspected for potential leaks prior to being
terrestrial / aquatic
transported to site.
habitat / species due Refuelling of plant/machinery will only take place in designated areas.
to spillage or leaks of Machinery not permitted in stream.
oil/diesel from plant Spill kits will be available on site.
and equipment.
Change in local
As the stone road is constructed, peat plugs will be placed at approximately
hydrology/hydro50m intervals as required to prevent the road acting as a preferential drainage
geological regimes.
channel.
The stone for constructing the stone road will be locally sourced and carefully
selected to ensure that it is appropriate for the local environment within the
peat. Where possible, tunnel arisings will also be used in combination with
quarry stone for the construction of the stone road.
Earthworks may
A licensed archaeologist will be on site to monitor all peat excavation
disturb
activities.
archaeological
remains.

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OnshoreWorksOnshorePipelineTerminationPoint

METHODSTATEMENTRev01

TerminalTieinandSurfaceWaterManagement
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SUMMARY
TheworksoutlinedherecovertheexcavationandinstallationoftheonshorepipelinewithintheTerminal
and all associated diversion of services, surface water management, concrete works, gas pipeline and
ancillaryservicesinstallationaswellaspainting,testingandreinstatementworks.
PURPOSE
This methodology describes the works associated with tie in of the onshore
pipelineintotheBellanaboyGasTerminalandtheassociateddiversionofsurface
waterintotheLeenamoreCatchment.
LOCATION
NorthWesterncorneroftheTerminal.Pipelinechainage91.42to91.72.
TIMESCALE

TECHNIQUE

Approximately6Months
SitePreparation
A number of existing services within the Terminal will have to be diverted to
facilitate pipeline installation including; surface water drainage, groundwater
drainage, security fence and associated lighting, road drainage system and road
lighting.Thesequenceisasfollows:

At the tiein location, remove gabion baskets, strip topsoil, demolish


concretechannelatthebottomoftheembankmentandstripoffsurface
gravelandweedblanket.
Excavateexistingburiedcablesanddivertsouthofthepigreceiver(point
whereonshorepipelinetiesintoterminalstructure).
Insertwaterstoppersinboththesurfacewaterandgroundwatersystems
andsetupoverpumpingsystemsouthofthepigreceiver.
Removelightpolesandassociatedcablejunctionboxes.
Fence off a temporary working area inside the Terminal to facilitate
pipelineactivities.
Dismantle both existing security fences inside the temporary working
area.
Saw cut bituminous road layers, excavate and remove to a recycling
facility.
Demolish concrete open channels and remove to a licensed recycling
facility.

PipelineInstallation
Pipeline installation within the Terminal consists of standard welding and pipe
trenching procedures used elsewhere on the onshore pipeline in addition to
anchor block construction, valve pit construction and overground pipe work
painting.Thesequenceisasfollows:
Excavatepipelinetrenchfrompigreceivertotheanchorblocklocation.
Excavate anchor block location and prepare surface for steel fixing by
placing blinding layer of concrete. This will also control surface water
withintheanchorblockexcavation.
Install steel reinforcement, erect temporary timber shuttering and pour
concretebase.
Removetimbershutteringandbackfillfoundationbaseuptoundersideof
thepipeline.
Whiletheanchorblockisbeingconstructedtheexistingsurfacewaterand
groundwaterdrainagepipeswillberemovedfromthepipelineroute.
The pipeline and associated ancillary services will be strung out and

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welded/jointedandpreparedforlaying.
Theremainderofthepipelinetrenchwillthenbeexcavatedandprepared.
Thepipelineandancillarieswillthenbelaid,inspectedandbackfilledwith
suitablematerial.
Theremainderofthetrenchwillbebackfilledwiththeoriginalexcavated
material.
The surface water and ground water pipes will be relaid during the
pipelinebackfilling.Thesepipelineswillberetestedpriortoallowingthem
returntonormaloperation.
Once the pipeline has been backfilled, the pipeline section situated over
groundwillbesandblastedandpaintedforcorrosionprotection.Thismay
requiretheerectionofaweatherproofshelter.

SurfaceWaterManagement
Surface water from pipeline construction works that lie within the Carrowmore
Lake catchment (ch 91.42 to 91.72) will be collected, attenuated and taken
through a settlement tank or treatment/filtration unit before being discharged
intotheLeenamoreRivercatchment(northofch91.42).

Theanchorblockandpipelineexcavationswillbedewateredbypumpingsurface
watertoadrainrunningparalleltotheexistingstoneroad.Thisdrainwillconvey
surface water to a settlement tank/treatment unit located upstream of the
dischargepointintotheLeenamoreRiver.

Itshouldbe notedthatwatercollectedintheTerminaldrainagesystemswillbe
keptseparatefromanywatercollectinginthepipelineexcavations..

Reinstatement
Pipelinereinstatementhastwodistinctoperations;reinstatingtheTerminalinside
the permanent security fencing (ch. 91.6791.72), and reinstatement of the
onshorepipelinetemporaryworkingarea(ch.91.42to91.67).Itshouldbenoted
that reinstatement of ch 91.67 to 91.42 is seasonal and will be incorporated
duringthelandscaping/reinstatementoftheentireTerminaltemporaryfacilities.

Chainage91.6791.72willbereinstatedasfollows:
Construct concrete open channels, reinstate gravel area between road
andpigreceiverandreinstallbituminousroadlayers.
Reinstall inner security fences including reinstatement of weed control
blanketandgravelbetweenthefences.
Reinstatelightpolesandpreviouslydivertedundergroundcables.
ReinstategravelinsidetheTerminalandremovetemporaryfencing.
Reconstructdrainagechannelatbottomofembankmentbatter.
Reinstatetopsoilonbatterandseedasrequired.
Reinstallgabionbaskets.

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MinidiggerRoller
FrontTippingDumpersVibratingcompactor(whackers)
ArticulatedDumptrucksTrackedExcavator(14t46ton)
RoadsawConcretepump
ConsawConcretepoker
WheeledExcavatorCranes(50100ton)
SandblasterPaintSprayer
SideboomsWeldingunits

Surface water from pipeline construction works that lie within the
CarrowmoreLakecatchment(ch91.42to91.72)shallbecollected,attenuated
and taken through settlement/treatment units before being discharged into
theLeenamoreRiverCatchment(northofch91.42).
Normalconstructionworkisrestrictedtobetween07:00and19:00weekdays
and07:00and16:00Saturday.

Noiseandvibrationlimits.

Lightingconstraints.

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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Noise&Light
Disturbance.

MITIGATION

Increaseddustlevels

Constructionactivities
mayaffectlocalotters
andbadgers.

Constructionactivities
mayaffect
amphibians
Constructionactivities
mayaffectnesting
birds

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Pollutionofterrestrial
andaquatichabitats
duespillageorleaks

ofoil/dieselfrom
plantandequipment.

Noise and vibration will be minimised through design, and appropriate


selectionofplantandmachinery.
Proactivemaintenanceofplantandequipment.
Noise will be reduced by Cladding of stationary machinery such as
generators.
Acousticscreeningandfencingtominimisenoise.
Mobileandsitelightingwillbedesignedtolimitlightspillage.
Roads/working area will be dampened down, as required to ensure dust
levelsduetoconstructionactivitiesarekepttoaminimum.
Sandblastingofpipeworkwillbecarriedoutunderaweatherproofshelter.
Apreconstructionsurveyforottersandbadgerswillbeundertakenwithin
13 months prior to construction. The areas to be included are
approximately; 50100m either side of the centre line of the pipeline for
otters,and30meithersideofthecentrelineforbadgers.
Areasofdensevegetationaffectedbythedevelopmentwhichcouldnotbe
thoroughly searched will require monitoring by appropriate experts during
vegetationclearance.
Excavationswillallowottersandbadgersameansofescapeiftheygetinto
theexcavation.Thiswillbeachievedbyplacingaccess/egressplanksand/or
soilrampsatnecessarylocations.
Work activities will be limited to between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00
weekdaysand07:00and16:00Saturday.
Capswillbeplacedoverallpipeendsatnight.
Gapswillbeleftatthebaseofthefencingat75mintervalstoallowotters
and badgers free access and a means of escape across the temporary
workingarea.
Anyfrogsidentifiedwillbetranslocatedunderlicensetoasuitablelocation.
Habitat reinstatement will recreate the former channel and drain systems
sothatfrogsmayusethesepostconstruction.
Vegetation clearance will be undertaken outside the breeding bird season
i.e.MarchtoAugust,wherefeasible.
Revegetationandplantingofnativescrubspecieswillbecompletedduring
reinstatement.
Machineryandplantwillbeinspectedpriortomobilisationtosite.
Refuellingofplant/machinerywillonlytakeplaceindesignatedareas.
Spillkitswillbeavailableonsite.

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POTENTIAL
ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT
Releaseofpipeline
dischargewatersto
theCarrowmoreLake
Catchmentcouldhave
negativeimpacton
drinkingwater
quality.

Worksmaydisturb
archaeological
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MITIGATION

All surface water from construction activities within the Carrowmore Lake
Catchment shall be collected, attenuated & treated prior to discharge into
theLeenamoreRiverCatchment.
In drain mitigation will be placed as required to reduce silt impact on
associatedwaterways.

Alicensedarchaeologistwillbeonsitetomonitorallexcavations.