Firmus Energy invests £15m to grow gas network in 2020
NATURAL gas supplier Firmus Energy says it has invested £14.9 million in its network in Northern Ireland since the start of this year as it aims to hit is connection targets.
Firmus (www.firmusenergy.co.uk) operates across its ‘Ten Towns’ gas network, which extends from Derry and across Antrim, down via Banbridge to Newry.
Paul Stanfield, director of sales, marketing and customer operations with the Antrim-based utility, said: “We currently supply gas to more than 100,000 homes and businesses, and our continued investment emphasises our commitment to Northern Ireland’s local economy and its communities.
“We are committed to providing the lowest possible tariffs to ensure natural gas continues to be attractive for both domestic and business customers.”
He added: “Our network extension inevitably leads to an increase in the demand for approved natural gas installers. We have dedicated installers across the region who work alongside the local Firmus Energy advisory team to help ensure seamless service provision. New customers can enjoy both the convenience and environmental benefits natural gas has to offer.”
By the end of 2022, the north’s natural gas infrastructure will have passed 550,000 properties, and connecting a further 230,000 of them to the network would deliver a carbon reduction saving of 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year - equivalent to taking 367,274 cars off the road according to Firmus.
Energy users switching from home heating oil to natural gas immediately reduce their carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent.
This is achieved through the introduction of a carbon cleaner fuel and the associated efficiencies of a highly efficient natural gas boiler with controls.
“This means that continuing to grow the natural gas network in Northern Ireland will unlock major carbon savings and help the region’s journey towards net carbon zero,” Mr Scott said.