Connecting to natural gas for Small and Medium Enterprises

Connecting to natural gas for small and medium enterprises is easy with Gas Networks Ireland. Below are some helpful resources to guide you through the connection process.

 

How to connect your business to natural gas

For details on how to connect your business to natural gas and the expected timeline for new connections, you can get started with our gas connection timeline for SME's below.

Get started with our gas connection timeline

Watch how other SME's in Ireland connected to natural gas:

Union8 Café, Dublin

"I would recommend other companies to look at or change over to Gas Networks Ireland for the simple reason - the service. Also, the economy of it, it's efficient, it's speed, and its very, very affordable"

Padraig McLoughlin, Owner, Union8 Café.

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Summerhill Veterinary Clinic, Tipperary

"It was easy to convert to natural gas and it is more economical for us as a business, I would totally recommend natural gas to other businesses. The conversion has absolutely exceeded my expectations"

Aidan Doyle, Practice Owner, Summerhill Vets.

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No. 13 The Factory Café, Limerick

"When I initially chose gas, I went to their Gas Networks Ireland's website and a representative contacted me within 24 hrs to organise a site visit. I would recommend businesses in the area to convert to gas. It is more efficient and it is a really easy process. "

Mae Corr, Owner, No. 13 The Factory Café, Limerick.

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Frequently Asked Questions for SME's

You can find out if gas is available in your general area by viewing our gas map. You can also email us a map of your property location to: businesslink@gasnetworks.ie. For more detailed information please fill out our Online enquiry form and one of our businesslink team will be in touch with you. Or you can contact our Businesslink Team on 1850 411 511.

The price of connecting to the gas network is determined by many elements. The key factors include:

  • length of service from our gas mains to your preferred meter location
  • load requirements that determine the meter size you will require

Please fill out our Online enquiry form and one of our Businesslink team will be in touch with you, or contact our Businesslink team on 1850 411 511.

You must open an account with a gas supplier to have the gas turned on at the premise. To do this you must have your Gas Point Registration Number (GPRN), if you do not have your GPRN you can contact our Businesslink Team on 1850 411 511.

Once you have made an enquiry, a member of our dedicated gas connections team will visit your site to carry out a survey. They will be able to best advice on the connections process/timelines. Gas Networks Ireland endeavour to work with customers and to minimise disruption. Usually, we do not impact on day to day business operations as we around customers and there operating hours. This can be clarified during our site survey.

A member from Gas Networks Ireland will carry out a site survey and offer advice on where to best to locate the gas meter. There are usually a number of locations that are suitable and care needs to be taken to ensure that the chosen location is compliant with all relevant safety standards.

 

A road opening license is legal permission given by the local council for public roads, green areas and footpaths to be excavated.  Each local council has their own timelines and conditions. Gas Networks Ireland has agreements in place with all councils where there is gas located and therefore has foresight into existing timelines and conditions.

If you are already using another fuel for your business, you should check your bills over the last 12 months to get a view on how much fuel was used in a year.  If nothing in your business is changing, then this figure can be used as your estimated annual consumption (converted into kWh).  For the Maximum Hourly Load (MHL), it is recommended that you ask your chosen Registered Gas Installer (RGI) or Competent Installer/plumber as they will be able to offer technical information relating to the expected hourly usage of your equipment.  Our technical representative can also review your usage and offer advice to confirm.

SPC stands for Supply Point Capacity.  For Small and Medium Business users, Gas Networks Ireland will calculate the SPC for new connections based on your Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC), measured in kWh.  Your gas supplier is required to reserve space in the natural gas network to guarantee a secure supply of gas. The amount of space reserved by your gas supplier is referred to as the Supply Point Capacity. GNI charge all natural gas suppliers for reserving this space. Your gas supplier then passes this charge onto you in the form of standing charges.

 

Yes. If you want to add appliances your installer will be able to tell you whether the existing supply is enough to meet the load requirements. If you need an upsize in supply and/or meter our Businesslink team can assist you in arranging this, please contact us on 1850 411 511.

Yes. We can arrange for a member of our sales team to meet you and discuss the options available to you if you want to install a new meter. You have the option to split an existing supply or add a second supply. Please contact us on 1850 411 511 or fill out our Online enquiry form.

No, it is not a requirement to provide Gas Networks Ireland with a certificate when altering your internal supply in an IC premise.

Experience it for yourself

Take advantage of all natural gas has to offer for your business. Call 1850 411 511 now or fill in our enquiry form to see if you can connect to our network.

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