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Mota-Engil to establish UK & Ireland Headquarters in Loughrea, Co. Galway, creating 60 jobs through its Irish subsidiaries Glan Agua and MEIC

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Sean Canney TD officially opened the new offices of water and waste water solutions company Glan Agua Limited and civil engineering company MEIC Limited in Loughrea today. Both companies are subsidiaries of Mota-Engil who are expanding their operations in Ireland through these companies and creating a UK and Ireland HQ Centre in Loughrea, Co. Galway, leading to the creation of 60 new jobs over five years.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Glan Agua Limited and MEIC Limited are owned by the Mota-Engil Group, a leading company in the construction and infrastructure management sector in Europe, and by GKM, a holding construction company. The establishment of a UK & Irish HQ operation will assist in the Group’s plan to increase operations within the environmental engineering and construction sectors.

Founded in 2008, Glan Agua Limited has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading providers of design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance services within the water and wastewater sector. The company, which currently employs 63 people, began operations in the Enterprise Centre in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. The move to larger premises was necessary to support Glan Agua’s expansion.

Welcoming the announcement Minster for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor TD said: “I welcome the announcement that Glan Agua is expanding in Ireland and bringing 60 quality technical jobs to Galway.  I am delighted that this will benefit Loughrea and the surrounding areas.  One of my priorities as Minister is creating an environment where job growth can thrive, particularly in rural Ireland.  I believe only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society.”

Speaking at the official opening in Loughrea today, Minister Canney said: “It is great to see this company expanding , creating extra jobs which will be a significant boost to Loughrea and the wider region. It’s very positive for a town the size of Loughrea to win an investment like this. It shows that companies can locate in regions once the necessary infrastructure and skilled workforce is available.”

CEO of Mota-Engil, Gonçalo Moura Martins said: “With the opening of new offices and the goal of creating 60 new jobs in Ireland in the coming years, Mota-Engil is reaffirming its commitment to this market and our intent to continue to invest in this country in order to be a leader in the technical areas in which we operate. We are also committed to developing career opportunities and training for young local engineers to expand our activity not only in Ireland but also in the UK.”

IDA Ireland’s CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This project adds a new client business to IDA’s growing engineering base in Ireland and delivers a quality investment for East Galway which is a key regional location for IDA, creating an extra 60 high value jobs. I congratulate Glan Agua and wish Karl and his team continued success here.”

Glan Agua and MEIC will be looking to fill a number of positions including civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers to facilitate their expansion. For more information/to apply for the new roles see

About the company

Mota-Engil Group

Currently celebrating 70 years of success, the Mota-Engil Group is a Portuguese multinational firm with operations focused on construction and infrastructure management in the areas of Construction and Engineering, Environment and Services (waste, water, Energy and maintenance), Transport Concessions (motorways, bridges and underground transportation) and Mining.

Mota-Engil operates on 3 continents and in 22 countries, in three distinct geographical areas – Europe, Africa and Latin America. The Group comprises 294 companies within the four major business areas and three geographical territories. The company employs 29,000 worldwide.

Mota-Engil is currently ranked 86th of the Top 250 International Contractors worldwide and ranked in the European Top 30. 

Glan Agua 

Founded in 2008 by Mota-Engil and GKM Construction, a minority shareholder, Glan Agua Limited has grown to be one of Ireland’s leading providers of design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance services within the water and wastewater sector. To date, Glan Agua Ltd. has successfully completed a range of key projects for a number of clients (both public and private) and has developed a reputation for having a client-focused approach based on robust design, innovation, value-engineering, and quality of end product in the water sector. 


MEIC Limited was founded in 2007 by Mota-Engil and GKM Construction and has since delivered a number of key infrastructure and building projects in Ireland as well as being the civil construction partner with Glan Agua in the water and wastewater sector. MEIC Ltd prides itself as a progressive company that provide a higher standard of service in Civil Engineering, Building Construction and Environmental Services. MEIC Ltd.’s strength is based on the experience of highly skilled team of engineers which provide optimal project solutions to their clients. 


Glan Agua

Paul Gardner

UK Operations Director


IDA Ireland

Ellen Lynch

Regional Communications, Press & PR Executive

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