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Author: Michael McNicholas, chartered engineer, CEO of Ervia
I expect that many readers of this article may not have heard of Ervia and that is not a surprise, as we are only 12 months old as a company. Yet we have over 40 years’ experience operating in Ireland and, in the next seven years, we expect to spend approximately €6.5 billion on critical national infrastructure.
Ervia’s origins stem from the former Board Gáis Éireann (BGE) – and from two key decisions made by Government in 2011. The first was that BGE should sell its energy division, but retain the national gas transmission and distribution infrastructure in State ownership. The second was that the company would be responsible for the establishment of a new national water utility. The sale of the energy division required us to change the name of the company and we saw this as an opportunity to transform the company to create a multi-utility company focused on delivering critical national water and gas infrastructure and services. And so Ervia was born.
In the last two years, we have completely restructured the company, changed our name, rebranded our gas business to Gas Networks Ireland and established Irish Water as a national utility responsible for water and wastewater infrastructure and services.
Ervia is a 100% Irish company and operates as a commercial semi-State. We have responsibility for the development of Ireland’s national gas and water infrastructure to meet the needs of the Irish economy. We are driven to do this efficiently and will seek to maximise the synergies, savings and benefits from having two utilities in the one group, in essence to deliver a high-performing Irish multi-utility company.