Minister Charlie Flanagan opens award-winning ESB International offices at Dublin Airport

  • ESB International to recruit 150 high skilled professionals over the next three years, building on 130 new hires in the past years
  • New contracts worth €11m in Africa, Middle East, Europe and with international funding agencies announced
  • Office block at Dublin Airport Central the first in Ireland to achieve prestigious LEED global sustainability rating and will house 500 staff 

12 April 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD has this morning opened ESB International’s new offices at One Dublin Airport Central and hailed the ambition of the 725-strong engineering consultancy to further expand its workforce and global reach.

Minister Flanagan was taken on a tour of the award-winning building by ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty and Managing Director of ESB International Ollie Brogan during which he was informed of new contract wins of €11m in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and with international funding agencies.

ESB International also announced plans to hire 150 of the brightest minds from Ireland and overseas over the next three years, to add to a diverse workforce that comprises 36 nationalities.

daa Chief Executive Kevin Toland was also present for the opening of this signature office block in the Dublin Airport complex.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD says that ESB International’s new presence at Dublin Airport is a fitting statement for a truly international company. “Since 1975, ESB International has blazed a trail for other Irish companies to follow, successfully delivering projects throughout the world to assist countries at various stages of development. This Irish expertise has made a real difference to people’s lives and today’s announcement of 150 new highly skilled positions in the coming years is to be warmly welcomed.  As Ireland faces up to some tough economic challenges in the period ahead, the company is an inspiration and an example of what can be achieved – a globally connected company which remains grounded in the distinctive values of Ireland.” 

ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty explains that ESB International is at the forefront of ESB’s broader vision to lead the transition to a low carbon future. “At ESB, we have an innate understanding of electricity as a vital precursor to social and economic development. Ireland’s experience has underlined electricity as a key enabler, with ESB bringing its transformative power to even the most remote corners. For the last four decades, ESB International has exported skills and ingenuity to 120 countries around the world. It isn’t just this engineering expertise that distinguishes ESB International from our competitors, but rather a culture of solving problems and sharing knowledge that is rooted in ESB’s DNA and driven by a desire to drive progress and growth in the communities we serve. Today’s office opening in the heart of Dublin Airport Central opens an exciting new chapter as we rise to the global energy challenges of the coming decades.”

ESB International is located in One Dublin Airport Central, which is a former 1960s office building that has been completely transformed by daa. The building’s world-class environmental credentials has been recognised with award of the highest ‘platinum’ level sustainability accreditation of  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the first such award in Ireland for a ‘core and shell’ building. ESB International’s new headquarters builds on wider collaboration between ESB and Dublin Airport, which are partners in a project that has delivered 33% energy saving in the airport complex (see editors’ notes below).



About ESB International

ESB International is a leading global engineering consultancy specialising in the power industry. The company focuses on the delivery of large scale, capital infrastructure projects for international clients and for its parent company ESB, helping them to optimise their energy related projects and strategies. 

Since its establishment in 1975, it has completed projects in 120 countries and helped clients around the world in delivering modern, efficient and dependable energy systems which can transform the economies and societies that they serve.

ESB International, which is wholly owned by ESB, and employs 725 staff across operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. ESB International is committed to being a successful, responsible and progressive company, contributing to economic and social progress in the regions where it operates.

About ESB

ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to the supply of customers with an expanding presence in the Great Britain generation market. In addition we extract further value through supplying gas and using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is the owner of the distribution and transmission networks in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It has a 47% share of generation in the all-island market and a 37% share of electricity supply in the all-island market with 1.4 million customer accounts.

ESB contributes over €2 billion annually to the Irish economy through dividends, investments, taxes and jobs. ESB provides significant employment both directly, with 7,600 employees, and indirectly through contractors and service providers.

About ESB and Dublin Airport partnership

In 2014, ESB and Dublin Airport began a four year collaboration project to introduce advanced low carbon technologies and assist the airport in delivering a 33% energy saving at Dublin Airport by 2020, a target achieved ahead of schedule. ESB and Dublin Airport are continuing to pursue reductions now targeting a further 1.7% energy saving year on year.

It is intended to broaden the scope of the collaboration to include further funded solutions and to provide remote energy monitoring and analytic services. ESB’s Smart Energy Services are also assisting Dublin Airport with the energy optimisation of  new developments within the airport complex.

This agreement is the first full spectrum energy collaboration of its kind in Ireland and aims to make the airport an international energy exemplar airport complex by 2020.