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Marine Notice: Pipeline and Debris Surveys in Celtic Sea at Kinsale Head and Seven Heads Gas Fields

11th February 2023
RV Tom Crean at sea
Surveys will be carried out by the RV Tom Crean from Friday 17 February, weather depending Credit: Bob Bateman

PSE Kinsale Energy Limited will be carrying out pipeline and debris clearance surveys commencing on or around Friday 17 February, weather depending.

The approximately 10 days of surveys will take place along the routes of decommissioned — but remaining in-situ — pipeline routes for the Kinsale Head and Seven Heads Gas Fields in the Celtic Sea and around the locations of removed subsea equipment and wellheads.

A number of surveys will be carried out during the campaign to confirm the status of decommissioned pipelines and umbilicals, which will be left in situ, and to confirm the location of any debris to be removed at the sites of decommissioned subsea facilities.

The surveys will be conducted by the State’s latest research vessel RV Tom Crean (callsign EIYX3), which will operate during day and night hours and will display appropriate lights and signals.

Within each of the defined survey areas, the vessel will be undertaking acoustic survey works using single/multi beam echo sounders and more.

All other vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to leave a wide berth during the operations, pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash, and keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas. The vessel can be contacted on VHF Channel 13.

Full details of relevant coordinates, a map of the campaign area and contact information can be found in Marine Notice No 4 of 2023, attached below.

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