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GSI - Geological Survey of Ireland

The Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, is a legal entity and the parent body of the Geological Survey of Ireland. The Department was brought into Irish law under its current name by Statutory instrument Number 706 of October 20th 2007.  The Department has responsibility for the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Energy sectors.  It regulates, protects and develops the Natural Resources of Ireland
The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), with address at Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland, is a public body, being a division of the Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.  GSI, founded in 1845, is the National Earth Science Agency.  It is responsible for providing geological advice and information, and for the acquisition of data for this purpose. GSI produces a range of products including maps, reports and databases and acts as a knowledge centre and project partner in all aspects of Irish geology.

GSI currently participates in, or has recently completed, the following CCS-related activities:
  • The Inter-Departmental Working Group on CCS; coordination of Government CCS activities
  • An all-island study of the potential for CO2 storage in Ireland (published 2008).
  • A study of the potential for CO2 storage in the onshore Clare basin (publication due Feb. 2010)
  • The Irish Sea CCS Task Force, and international cooperation with UK surveys (BGS and GSNI) and the Irish Petroleum Affairs Division
  • Project concept developments to assess the potential use of the Kinsale Head depleted gas field for CO2 storage
  • Funding, through the GSI Griffith Award scheme, of research into seismic monitoring of CO2 in storage reservoirs