In 1997 the PAD set up the Petroleum Infrastructure Programme (PIP), Ireland's joint Government-Industry petroleum research programme, with the aim of promoting hydrocarbon exploration and development activities by funding of research and data gathering in both Irish offshore and onshore areas. A critical aspect of the programme is that the focus of research projects goes beyond normal licence area–specific work and is designed so as not to duplicate the efforts of individual exploration licence groups, or of commercial contractors. It is also an integral part of the programme that Irish researchers are given an opportunity to participate in the research projects.
PIP is funded by annual contributions from holders of Frontier Exploration Licences offshore Ireland and by the Department.
In addition to funding of research and data gathering PIP provides a forum for cooperation among the exploration industry and the researcher community in Ireland as well as building capacity and expertise and Irish academic institutions.
A significant number of project have been delivered under PIP, including
- Drilling of four boreholes on eastern flanks of the Rockall Basin
- High resolution seismic acquisition over Hatton/Rockall
- 'MeBo' shallow core drilling on the Porcupine High
- Petroleum systems analyses of Ireland's Atlantic Margin basins
- Kinematic North Atlantic Plate Reconstruction between Ireland & Canada
- Irish Atlantic Margin seismic data quality assessment
- Side Scan Sonar survey of Rockall Trough margins
- Survey of cetacean and seabird populations offshore Ireland
- Structural nomenclatures for Ireland's Atlantic Margin Basins
- Drilling engineering downtime analysis for offshore Ireland
- West of Ireland descriptive climatology report
More information can be found on the PIP website.