Gas to the West – the Project

Following an open competitive process, Mutual Energy Limited and SGN were awarded licences by the Utility Regulator for Northern Ireland to build and operate the high pressure and low pressure gas pipelines which will extend the natural gas network into the west of Northern Ireland. This significant gas network extension will bring the very considerable benefits of natural gas to the towns of Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt, Omagh and Strabane over the period from 2016 onwards.

First gas will be available in Strabane in late 2016 with connections to the other towns following after this. Thereafter we will be focused on extending the low pressure network within each town and examining the economics of further extensions to smaller communities that lie close to suitable connection points.

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Benefits of natural gas

There are very significant benefits associated with the availability of gas in any particular area.

Natural gas is:

  • The cleanest fossil fuel – best for the environment
  • Competitive and quiet
  • Reliable and a constant supply
  • Easy to budget
  • Versatile, convenient, controllable
  • Energy efficient – save money with natural gas appliances and heating controls
  • Often a pre-requisite for other industrial investment

Jobs

The £250m investment in Gas to the West will support around 200 jobs during the construction phase. Thereafter the new gas infrastructure will sustain a significant number of ongoing jobs for installation sub-contractors and other related functions.

News

4th edition of Gas to the West newsletter published
6th June 2016

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3rd edition of Gas to the West project newsletter published
24th March 2016

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Dates announced for 2nd phase of Pre Application Community Consultation (PACC)
7th March 2016

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2nd edition of GTTW newsletter published
23rd December 2015

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Delivery Underway in Strabane
12th November 2015

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1st edition of GTTW newsletter published
19th October 2015

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VIDEO - Public information event underway in Enniskillen – come along and meet the team!
8th October 2015

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Dates announced for public information events
24th September 2015

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Minister formally ‘launches’ GTTW at public event in Enniskillen
4th March 2015

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Utility Regulator publishes GTTW final decision paper and licences
11th February 2015

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Utility Regulator decides on preferred applicant for GTTW
18th December 2014

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MEL and SGN announced as preferred applicants in GTTW competition
12th August 2014

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High pressure operational business plan published
12th August 2014

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Low pressure operational business plan published
12th August 2014

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Gas to the West licence application process launched
6th February 2014