Tanks dismantling work on schedule
Work on the dismantling of the Topaz oil tanks on Galway Docks has commenced this week with the washing out of the structures, while the removal of the structure is due to commence later this week.
The Galway Independent understands that the removal of the piping work by a Galway-based company will start this weekend or early next week, with the removal of the tanks due to follow shortly by a Belfast-based firm.
A schedule of a month was set aside for the works to be completed, and with the festival village due to arrive from Rio de Janeiro on 11 May - a mere five weeks away - no hold ups can be afforded.
Speaking to the Galway Independent this week, Galway Harbour Company CEO, Mr Eamon Bradshaw said he was happy with the progress to date and was confident the work would be completed in plenty of time.
"The de-gassing and cleaning is due for completion very shortly, the technical work has been completed, and we expect the removal of the tank structures and gantries to commence by early next week," he said.
With time quickly becoming an issue for the removal to commence, Mr Bradshaw is confident of a positive outcome for Galway.
"It is sometimes good to work to a tight schedule. It means the work must be done on time and it will. It should be completed by early May."
Meanwhile, the official launch for the Volvo Ocean Race festival took place yesterday with the confirmation of a series of concerts, art displays, food guides and children activities that will run throughout the festival.
Shows from the Hothouse Flowers, Sharon Shannon, Aslan, The Stunning, Kila, The Coronas and Lucia Evans are the highlight of the musical fare, with as many as 18 exhibitions happening in the Galway Museum.