Firmus energy has announced that homes and businesses in Richhill will be able to switch to natural gas this year.
Following discussions with the utility regulator, Firmus has received approval to extend their natural gas network into the area.
The investment is worth around £1.1 million, and has the potential to connect around 1,200 homes and businesses.
Firmus Energy’s network already brings natural gas to more than 20 towns and cities across Northern Ireland, including Portadown, Lurgan and Armagh. To date, around 25,000 customers are already enjoying the advantages that natural gas provides.
Michael Scott, managing director for firmus energy, said,“During the last nine years, firmus energy has grown steadily and now supplies natural gas, through both our network and the greater Belfast and Larne network, to more than 75,000 residential and commercial customers across Northern Ireland.
“We have invested around £90 million in the local economy and, working closely with the Utility Regulator, have extended our network into more and more new areas - resulting in the construction of more than 900km of pipeline across the province.
“These were towns and cities which had never had access to natural gas, and customers were quick to recognise the advantages in terms of fuel efficiency, convenience and environmental benefits.”
Network engineer, Ryan Krammer, advised, “Work will start in the Richhill area towards the end of April, and it is anticipated that we will be working in the area for approximately 12 months and will lay more than 12.5km of pipeline.
“We have and will continue to liase with all the appropriate bodies, including DRD Roads Service, to ensure that any impact is kept to a minimum and that the work is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“During this time, some lane or road closures may be necessary. When this is required, we will carry out all the appropriate notifications and fully sign-post all works.
“We will continue to work with all the appropriate authorities and make every effort to ensure that any disruption is minimised as far as possible.
“We would like to thank the DRD Road Service for co-ordinating our works in Richhill area.”
To find out more about Firmus Energy or natural gas, visit www.firmusenergy.co.uk or, for more information on getting connected, contact the customer helpline on 08456080088.