Over the next 18-24 months a number of additional studies are being undertaken for the Greater Dublin Drainage (GDD) project.  The need for additional studies follows the results from previous environmental studies, combined with the extensive amount of public feedback received in 2013, and these will inform the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) for the project.
Due to the additional environmental studies required, we now plan to submit an application for planning permission to An Bord Pleanála towards the end of 2016 and that will be followed by a statutory phase of public consultation. The statutory phase of consultation will be run by An Bord Pleanála.
Subject to the planning permission being granted, the GDD team will then hold a procurement process to appoint a team to design, build and operate the project. Construction is estimated to take approximately three years and will begin, at the earliest, in 2019.
The new plant should therefore be ready for operation when it is needed, in line with the Dublin region’s requirement for additional wastewater treatment capacity as identified in the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (GDSDS) of 2005.