LK Shields acts for MDM in connection with Offshore Cabling Projects

PUBLISHED: 13th October 2020

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LK Shields are delighted to have been retained by sub-sea specialist engineering firm McMahon Design and Management Limited (MDM) in relation to its work in connection with a new cable system currently in progress with Farice ehf, an Icelandic telecommunications service provider.

Farice ehf is in the process of developing a telecom project for the establishment on a new international fibre optic cable system to provide connectivity between Iceland and Ireland from a landfall on the Reykjanes Peninsula to a landfall at Ballyloughane Strand, Renmore, Co. Galway, collectively known as the IRIS Cable System.

LK Shields’ work on this project includes advising MDM on project implementation and delivery.  At the time of writing MDM are currently in the process of finalising surveys via their appointed survey vessel (the 58 metre Ridley Thomas) in order to explore suitable seabed approaches from Galway out to the boundary of the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

This follows LK Shields’ engagement by MDM in 2019 / 20 in connection with the recently completed Rockabill Cable Project which was developed by euNetworks.  Our work on this project involved the negotiation of a front-line Project Services Agreement and Operations and Maintenance Contract for the design and construction of a 229.7 km international fibre optic cable system between Co. Dublin and Southport, UK. 

The LK Shields’ team was led by Projects and Construction Partner Jamie Ritchie and included a range of specialist corporate, property and intellectual property support from Emmet Scully, Richard Curran, John Campbell, Lisa McEllin, and Cian O'Lionard.  Our Projects, Construction and Energy teams have built a speciality in the area of offshore projects, particularly in the areas of sub-sea cabling, interconnectors, wind and wave projects. 

If you are interested in learning more about LK Shields capabilities in this area, please contact Jamie at

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