Strengthening of local support structures
Funding of research data gathering and 'land-based' research in Irish offshore areas
Providing a forum for co-operation amongst explorationists and researchers
Research under the Programme goes beyond normal licence area-specific work and is designed so as not to duplicate the efforts of other groups or of commercial contractors. It is also considered essential that local researchers should be given an opportunity to participate in the research projects. PIP is funded by oil companies with licences offshore Ireland and the PAD.
The Policy Statement outlines the vision to sustainably develop Ireland’s natural gas resources and to encourage, enable and guide research initiatives directed at deepening knowledge of Ireland’s offshore potential. Focused evidence based scientific research is required to navigate Ireland through a socially just transition to the decarbonised energy system of the future. In response to this need, the Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme has produced a new strategic plan which can be downloaded here: