Project history

Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator and then Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster, MLA.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster, MLA together with Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator jointly announced details of the competition to bring Gas to the West (to be managed by the Utility Regulator) on 6 February 2014. In January 2013 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to provide grant funding of up to £32.5 million to assist the extension of the Northern Ireland natural gas network to the following towns: Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Enniskillen, Derrylin, Omagh and Strabane. Earlier research conducted on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment had indicated that potentially 40,000 domestic and commercial customers will connect to the new gas network in Tyrone and Fermanagh - these customers will benefit from lower energy costs and society as a whole will benefit from lower carbon and other emissions.

The licence application process closed on 6 May 2014 with Mutual Energy and SGN announced as preferred applicants, for the high pressure and low pressure licences respectively on 12 August 2014. The licences were formally awarded on 11 February 2015.

The Gas to the West project was officially launched at an event in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen in March 2015 by then Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster. The event was attended by key stakeholders from across the project, as well as a large number of local organisations.

John Lobban, Managing Director, Scotland, SGN; Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster, MLA and Paddy Larkin, Chief Executive, Mutual Energy Limited.

News

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PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of main works contractor signals start of Gas to the West build
16th October 2017

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8th edition of Gas to the West newsletter published
3rd October 2017

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Gas to the West Stakeholders’ Meeting Dungannon - video
20th June 2017

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Gas to the West - Next Steps
15th June 2017

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Presentation at the Gas to the West Construction Phase launch, 14 June 2017
15th June 2017

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7th edition of Gas to the West newsletter published
14th June 2017

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6th edition of Gas to the West newsletter published
16th February 2017

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‘Gas to the West’ project reaches first major milestone
6th February 2017

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5th edition of Gas to the West newsletter published
25th October 2016

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PRESS RELEASE: Gas to the West project reaches important milestone
21st October 2016

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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