Information on Richhill gas plans

Pictured at the briefing in Richhill are: (foreground)  Michael Scott, Managing Director and Eric Cosgrove, Engineering Director from firmus energy(behind) William Irwin; David Taylor; Jim Speers; Mickey Brady; Paul Stanfield, Sales Director firmus energy; Cathal Boylan; Greg Bell, Finance Director firmus energy and Gareth Wilson.

Pictured at the briefing in Richhill are: (foreground) Michael Scott, Managing Director and Eric Cosgrove, Engineering Director from firmus energy(behind) William Irwin; David Taylor; Jim Speers; Mickey Brady; Paul Stanfield, Sales Director firmus energy; Cathal Boylan; Greg Bell, Finance Director firmus energy and Gareth Wilson.

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Natural gas provider, firmus energy, recently hosted an information session in Richhill to allow businesses and elected representatives to find out more about this alternative fuel source.

Following discussions with the utility regulator, firmus energy received approval to extend its natural gas network to Richhill in a £1.1m investment programme.

Work on extending the pipeline has now started, with the first customers connected later this year.

Attendees at the briefing were updated on firmus energy’s plans for the area and how connecting to natural gas can help homes and businesses reduce fuel costs, increase energy efficiency and improve environmental credentials.

Michael Scott, managing director for firmus energy explained, “We would like to thank the local elected representatives and businesses from the area that came along to express their interest in this major energy development for Richhill.

“We are delighted to be able to offer an alternative way for people to heat their homes and businesses.

“Natural gas brings many benefits including up to a 30% reduction in carbon emissions compared to oil, the convenience of a constant supply of energy, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no need for storage facilities or the worry of ordering or running out of fuel.”

The company also thanked the local community for their understanding whilst they worked to extend the pipeline.

Mr Scott added, “We appreciate the co-operation of local people during the necessary work and apologise for any inconvenience. firmus energy will continue to liaise with all the appropriate bodies, including DRD Roads Service and the PSNI, to ensure that any impact is kept to a minimum and that all work is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“We are confident that Richhill will benefit significantly over the long term from this investment.”