A Londonderry company is cementing links to the west of Ireland in a €35m infrastructure scheme.
Ardmore Pre-Cast is providing over 340 concrete blocks for a new quay at Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands in Co Galway.
The blocks, the heaviest weighing 23 tonnes, will be shipped from Derry’s Lisahally port to Inis Mór in six loads over the next month.
Invest NI said it worked with Ardmore by helping it market itself in the Republic. Des Gartland, Invest NI north west regional officer manager, said: “This is an important development for this ambitious company in the marine market which it has been targeting as part of a business growth strategy.
“We’ve been assisting the company in the development and implementation of this export-led strategy in key activities including export marketing. Ardmore Pre-Cast is demonstrating a strong and flexible customer focus that is enabling it to respond quickly to specific market requirements. The reputation it has developed will assist the company as it bids to grow business outside Northern Ireland.”
Eamonn McLaughlin, Ardmore Pre-Cast managing director, said: “This is a hugely important project for the company because it is helping us to develop our position in the Republic, a key market for us which we are keen to grow.
“The contract shows other potential clients that we have the capacity to produce and deliver quality blocks for major projects on time and to specification.
“Galway County Council and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the Republic regard the project as a key element of the strategy for the economic regeneration of this area.”
Consultants White, Young and Green (WYG), provided technical support to Ardmore Pre-Cast in the design and manufacture of structural pre-cast concrete elements. The companies are working on bids for other infrastructure projects in Great Britain and the Republic.
The Cill Ronain quay project is due to complete in March next year.