Gas to the West moves a step closer
4 March 2015

The prospect of bringing gas to up to 40,000 new customers in the west of Northern Ireland moved closer today. At a launch in Enniskillen it was announced that two companies, Mutual Energy and SGN, have now been awarded conveyance licences to extend the natural gas network.

Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator, which ran the competition to award the licenses, said:

“We are delighted to have reached this stage and I congratulate Mutual Energy and SGN on being awarded the licenses to bring gas to the west of Northern Ireland. Natural gas provides an affordable, cleaner and convenient form of energy and this is a further vote of confidence in the natural gas industry. It is also a welcome new investment in our energy infrastructure. We look forward to work commencing as soon as possible so that natural gas can start flowing to customers.”

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster, attended the launch and said:

“The Northern Ireland Executive is investing up to £32.5 million to bring gas to homes and businesses in the west of Northern Ireland, and the award of licences by the Utility Regulator to Mutual Energy and SGN is another key milestone in the process. This hugely important project will extend the natural gas network to Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Derrylin, Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown and Magherafelt. It will bring greater energy choice for consumers and increase the potential for businesses and the public sector to use a cleaner more efficient fuel.”

Paddy Larkin, Chief Executive, Mutual Energy said:

“Together with SGN we’d like to thank the Minister, her department and the Utility Regulator for their commitment and hard work in bringing us to this important milestone in the Gas to the West project. We look forward to continuing to work with them, and all the other key stakeholders involved in the project to make Gas to the West a reality.

“We already have an experienced and dedicated project team in place and look forward to moving toward the next phase of the project so we can start delivering the benefits of natural gas to homes and businesses in this part of Northern Ireland.”

SGN's Chief Executive John Morea said:

"We are delighted to be partnering Mutual Energy in this prestigious project extending the significant benefits of natural gas availability to thousands of homes and businesses in the west of Northern Ireland. Our focus is now firmly on building a modern natural gas network and providing the infrastructure to safely transport and deliver gas to these communities.

“We have a strong reputation for operational excellence in both safety and delivery of infrastructure projects and we look forward to working closely with our partners and all stakeholders concerned on this exciting project.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Adele Boyle on 028 9031 6664 or 07787 279584.

Notes to editor

SGN notes

Mutual Energy notes

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