€20m investment to bring natural gas to Listowel
Listowel town will be connected to the Irish natural gas network, following approval from the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER).
Issued: October 3rd 2016
The €20m project represents a significant investment for the national grid operator and will see Listowel connected to the existing natural gas network via a Feeder Main from Foynes, Co. Limerick. Speaking today, Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial, Gas Networks Ireland, said: “This is an important milestone in the project to bring gas to Listowel and is great news for the town. Engaging Kerry Ingredients as our ‘anchor load’ in Listowel is significant, and ensures that it is commercially feasible for gas to be delivered to the greater Listowel area and within the town. We look forward to embarking on the project in the near future.”
Commenting on the significance of the contract signing to Kerry Group, Mr. Jim Lee, Operations Director, Kerry Dairy Division, said “The availability of gas in Listowel through the connection to the Irish natural gas network provides a sustainable source of energy to power and heat our major dairy flagship plant in Listowel. It facilitates Kerry Group’s planned investment in Combined Heat & Power (CHP) which provides important environmental benefits and an efficient clean source of energy. This welcome development and investment allows our business to reduce overall site energy costs which will facilitate the continued competitive development of our dairy ingredients business”..
The Gas to Listowel project encompasses a Feeder Main gas pipeline which will run from an existing Gas Networks Ireland station near Foynes, Co. Limerick through to Listowel town; and a Gas Distribution Network within Listowel town. This work will take place in two distinct phases and is expected to take approximately two years to complete subject to securing statutory approvals and planning permission. Gas Networks Ireland is engaging with landowners, stakeholders, residents, businesses and relevant authorities in the area before commencing construction.
Phase 1 Feeder Main Pipeline - Foynes to Listowel
With the exact route yet to be determined, the Feeder Main will be approximately 40km long and laid predominantly along the public roads. Construction is expected to run from March/April 2017 through to January 2018.
Phase 2 Town Distribution Network
The town Distribution Network for Listowel will be laid in the streets in and around the town. The final layout of the town Distribution Network is yet to be determined and the construction period is expected to run from March to August 2018.
Advance Works - William Street (from end September 2016)
Working collaboratively with Kerry County Council
With Kerry County Council currently carrying out road paving and resurfacing works and a water main replacement on William Street, it was agreed that Gas Networks Ireland would lay gas pipes on William Street in tandem with this project. In effect, this means that gas pipe laying, water main replacement and the road works will take place at the same time on William Street, during the September to December timeframe, thereby minimising disruption to local residents and businesses. Once this work is complete, William Street gas pipes will not be commissioned (or ‘gassed up’) until the remainder of Listowel’s Town Distribution Network is fully constructed, which is expected to be towards the end of 2018.
The Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural gas is the cleanest, most environmentally friendly fossil fuel producing 24% less emissions than oil and 40% less than coal. Approximately 650,000 Irish homes and 23,000 multinational and Irish businesses depend on natural gas for their energy needs.
Local Listowel businesses and homes will be able to avail of the benefits of natural gas for the first time. 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.
Businesses interested in getting more information on connecting to the natural gas network should contact Gas Networks Ireland on 1800 411 511 or visit www.gasnetworks.ie.