Belfast security firm wins lucrative Gas to the West contract

Pictured are: David McCullough (ESS), Tony McEwan (ESS), Valerie Gourley (NI Chamber of Commerce), Kevin MacDonald (SGN), Emma Jane Mawhinney (IOD), Stephen Devlin (ESS) and Paul Campbell (ESS).
Gareth McKeown

A BELFAST-based security firm has won a lucrative contract to work on the £250m Gas to the West scheme.

Electronic & Security Services Ltd. (ESS) is to deliver security systems solutions for the natural gas network expansion project as construction work progresses across various site. The work will be completed in co-operation with Stanningley Engineering (SE) who are completing the engineering and installation works on the project.

The major pipeline project will support the expansion of the gas network in Northern Ireland and bring natural gas to the towns of Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt, Omagh and Strabane.

ESS will instal a variety of integrated intruder, CCTV surveillance, access control and fire protection solutions to a number of new installations critical to the operation of the pipeline.

The installation project, awarded by gas distribution company SGN, will run through to late 2018 and will then be integrated with the company's existing responsibilities for the maintenance and monitoring of all of Mutual Energy's key infrastructure sites, both gas and electricity.

ESS non-executive chairman, Paul Campbell welcomed the deal.

“ESS is delighted to be working in partnership with SE, Mutual Energy and SGN on what is a hugely significant project for Northern Ireland. In the company's forty-fourth year of business, it is very encouraging to see continued multi-sector growth including energy," he said.

ESS works with a plethora of internationally renowned companies including Danske Bank, National Trust, Finnebrogue, Moy Park, Marks & Spencer and McDonalds.

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