Belfast Telegraph

Calor fired up with £550k injection

By Margaret Canning

A gas company's Belfast office will now be the first point of contact for all new customers across Ireland after a major investment.

Calor Gas, which sells liquified propane gas (LPG) in tanks and bottles, has created six jobs and now employs 98 people in the city after its £550,000 cash injection. The company has also refurbished its offices on Airport Road West.

Chief executive Michael Kossack said: "This shows our continued commitment and belief in Belfast as a centre of customer service excellence and a critical hub for the efficient distribution of LPG, especially to rural Northern Ireland."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Calor Gas has made a significant investment, which shows the company's commitment to their local workforce.

"The creation of additional jobs is also a positive development, particularly in the current economic climate."

She added that the company's continued investment in the LPG industry chimed with energy targets as it is a low carbon fuel.

Calor Gas, now part of Dutch company SHV Gas Group, was founded in England in the 1930s, and in 1937 was brought to Ireland by the McMullan family which is now most closely associated with Maxol petrol stations.