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The Petroleum Infrastructure Programme (PIP) was set up by the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) in 1997.  PIP currently comprises two sub-programmes:- the active Petroleum Exploration and Production Promotion and Support (PEPPS) and the now completed PIP (1997 - 2002) sub-programmes.
The overall aim of PIP is to promote hydrocarbon exploration and development activities by:

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.

Atlantic Ireland 2017

The ISPSG will hold the Atlantic Ireland 2017 Conference on Tuesday 31st October and Wednesday 1st November 2017 at the Clayton Burlington (formerly Doubletree or Burlington) Hotel in Dublin.  Please contact Eamonn Kelly ( for further information.

2013 Open Call for Project Proposals

Under the 2013 Open Call, PIP has awarded €2.5m in research funding to fifteen (15) Irish and international researchers.  The projects are aimed at improving knowledge of petroleum systems and exploration potential offshore Ireland, developing environmental monitoring techniques and specialist engineering studies to improve Exploration & Production cost effectiveness.
Approved projects can be viewed under Downloads/ Approved Projects Lists.
The press release can be downloaded below.
Download PIP_SCIENCE_RESEARCH_PRESS_RELASE_16_12_2013.PDF (154 Kb, 20 Dec 2013)

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