Belfast Telegraph

Firmus Energy announce gas price freeze

Gas supplier Firmus Energy have announced that they are to freeze prices until at least October of this year.

The news comes just weeks afer the Utility Regulator - the independent government department that regulates the gas industry - warned Northern Ireland gas consumers to expect a considerable hike in their bills from April.

Several factors were blamed for the hike including a rising global market, unrest in the Middle East and the extra gas use during the pre-Christmas cold weather.

Mark Prentice, Managing Director for firmus energy said: "When we entered the domestic gas market in greater Belfast we had two main objectives – to offer lower prices and provide excellent customer service. I’m delighted that hundreds of homes have already decided to switch to natural gas from firmus energy and are reaping the benefits.

“Switching to firmus energy is now even more attractive to thousands of homes with natural gas as we will be freezing our current prices until at least 1 October this year."

Following the Utility Regulator's announcement, a Phoenix Supply spokesman confirmed any increase would be added in April.

“We can confirm that we are currently engaged in a tariff consultation process with the Utility Regulator, the Consumer Council and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment," the spokesman said.

“We cannot speculate as to the outcome of this process. However, it is expected that any change in tariff will not be implemented until April 2011.”

Belfast Telegraph