Belfast Telegraph

Gas network extension approved

A natural gas network extension has been approved for households in County Armagh.

The new pipeline to Bessbrook will be constructed from Newry via the Camlough Road, enabling homes in the Clanmil Housing estate to be connected, as well as St Paul's High School.

Natural gas provider firmus energy has announced the investment of £270,000, following approval from the Utility Regulator.

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."

The announcement is one of many firmus energy projects planned for this year, including an extension to the Bushmills area which was announced late last year.

Firmus has 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."

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