Sixty Co Mayo students visited the Bellanaboy Gas Terminal as part of national Engineers Week last week in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative by Shell E&P Ireland’s (SEPIL).
The students from Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Rossport and St Brendan’s College, Belmullet were given a simple challenge of transferring water using handmade pumps.
“There was a great atmosphere especially during the team challenge when the students and teachers worked together to produce some great engineering solutions,” said Tony Reilly, a mechanical engineer with SEPIL.
“Some of our own engineers even learnt a lesson or two in water management from the students.
“Corrib is one of the most complex and challenging engineering projects ever undertaken in Ireland. Many of the engineers here have worked on other large projects all over the world. This visit enabled us to show the students how the many facets of engineering have come together to deliver this project.”
The teenagers were also mentored by SEPIL engineers during a team design and build task.
Also present were Fania Ellison from NGO, Business in the Community (BITC) and Fionnuala Kilbane from Engineers Ireland.
“Partnering with groups like Engineers Ireland and BITC is a very beneficial step to developing good community plans for any business and as part of our CSR approach these partner relationships have enabled Shell to deliver more community programmes (than we could by ourselves),” a SEPIL spokesperson noted.