Bessbrook set for gas network extension

January 28, 2013

A natural gas network extension has been approved for households in Bessbrook, enabling homes in the Clanmil housing estate to be connected, as well as St.Paul’s High School.

The new pipeline to Bessbrook, which will be constructed from Newry via the Camlough Road, was announced by natural gas provider, Firmus Energy last Thursday, following approval from the Utility Regulator.

Speaking about the £270k project, Head Engineer with Firmus, Eric Cosgrove said:

“We aim to begin construction as soon as possible so that the natural gas will be connected and ready to switch on for the residents of the Clanmil Housing estate around Easter.

“We also hope that St Paul’s High School will be able to take advantage of this newly available energy alternative and we would urge any other residents or interested businesses in the area to get in touch to see if they can also connect.”

Firmus said the investment highlights significant growth in the company’s network in Northern Ireland, which has grown to 750km since opening its doors in 2005.

General manager Michael Scott, said: “We connect around 4,000 homes and businesses a year in our network area, which is double our target and over the last three years, the regulator has already granted us approval to extend into Tandragee, Ballyclare, Portstewart, Warrenpoint, Bushmills and now Bessbrook.”