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Gas Networks Ireland Outlines Route of €20m ‘Gas to Listowel’ Project

Gas Networks Ireland is pleased to announce details of the project route to bring natural gas to Listowel town. This major infrastructure project represents a €20m investment to connect Listowel to the natural gas network.

Issued: 12th May 2017

Scheduled to begin in mid-June, and delivered in two phases, the project will see a 41km gas Feeder Main pipeline laid from Barrigone, Co Limerick to Listowel town. The route travels via Ballyhahill, Co Limerick and Moyvane, Co Kerry, with local gas distribution networks being constructed in each of these locations.  Work on the Feeder Main will be followed later in 2017 by the delivery of 9kms of local town gas distribution network in Listowel town.   

Initial details of the ‘Gas to Listowel’ project were announced in 2016, following approval from the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER).  The €20m project represents a significant investment for the national grid operator and the engagement of Kerry Ingredients as the ‘anchor load’ in Listowel ensures it is commercially feasible for gas to be delivered to the greater Listowel area and within the town.  The completion of this project will facilitate both domestic and commercial connections to customers adjacent to the route and within Listowel town.  Key stakeholders, political representatives and the local business community will meet with Gas Networks Ireland representatives and the project team responsible for delivering gas to Listowel, at an information evening on the 23rd of May to further discuss the confirmed route of the project.
Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial, Gas Networks Ireland, said:

“The delivery of the Gas to Listowel Project offers homes and businesses in the town the opportunity to avail of the benefits of natural gas, which are already enjoyed by almost 674,000 customers around the country.  It will also facilitate the supply of renewable gas, which is now coming on stream and will be an important part of Ireland’s energy supply in the years ahead.”

We look forward to working with the local community over the life time of the project, to deliver this important infrastructure, and to seeing homes and businesses across Listowel powered by cheaper, cleaner, reliable energy.”

Gas Networks Ireland continues its engagement with landowners, stakeholders, residents, businesses and relevant authorities in the area in the lead in to construction start in June. 

Brendan McDermott, Construction Manager, Gas Networks Ireland, said:

“We are engaging with local authority personnel, politicians and other stakeholders as we do with all our construction projects.  Mindful that works are an inconvenience, we are keen to ensure that all those along the route are informed of our construction works and that our traffic management plans are robust. The safety of the public remains our number one priority and every effort will be made to minimise disruption.”

The investment in this project by Gas Networks Ireland will provide an enduring boost to the Listowel area.  Businesses, farms and homes can begin the switch to natural gas. Natural gas can be used for a wide range of applications from heating and hot water, to catering and cooking, to air-conditioning and electricity generation (combined heat and power). Natural gas also offers significant advantages over other fuel sources in terms of cost and environmental impact. 

Fran McFadden, Commercial Sales Manager, Gas Networks Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to be extending the natural gas network and progressing into Listowel town. Initial feedback from residents and businesses in the town is showing that there will be a strong demand for Natural Gas.  Businesses making the switch can look forward to fuel cost savings of anywhere between 30% and 60% on their current fuel bills, together with reduced carbon emissions, no storage requirement and a constant, reliable supply of natural gas.”

Parties interested in getting more information on connecting to the natural gas network should contact Gas Networks Ireland on 1850 200 694 or visit www.gasnetworks.ie


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For further information, please contact:

Mary O’Mahony, PR Manager, Gas Networks Ireland    
T:  021-4534545 / 086-8342277  
E:  mary.omahony@gasnetworks.ie

Joe Heron, Murray
T:  01 498 0300 / 087-6909735
E: jheron@murrayconsultants.ie

Aimee Beale / Murray
T: 01 498 0300 / 086-1514024
E: abeale@murrayconsultants.ie

Notes: 
Gas Networks Ireland is the business division of Ervia that owns, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network. Gas Networks Ireland operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world and ensures that almost 674,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ervia is a commercial semi-state multi-utility company with responsibility for the delivery of gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland. 

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