Firmus £3.5m natural gas extension to Bushmills

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firmus energy has announced an investment of £3.5 million in its network which will take natural gas from Coleraine to hundreds of homes and businesses in Bushmills.

The company, which is celebrating seven years in business, supplies natural gas to many major towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

It revealed the news of this extension, along with plans to bring natural gas to new areas in Ballymena, following approval of a licence extension by the Utility Regulator.

firmus will begin construction of the pipeline from Coleraine to Bushmills in the New Year to allow Bushmills Distillery to convert and take advantage of the significant financial savings and environmental benefits provided by natural gas.

The extension will also bring natural gas to a number of quarries in the Coleraine area and will allow hundreds of existing homes and SMEs in the area to connect to natural gas which currently provides savings of around 30% against home heating oil1.

Neil Gallagher, acting construction manager for firmus energy explains:“Thousands of customers in Coleraine and Ballymena are already reaping the rewards of connecting to natural gas from firmus energy and with this a multi-million pound extension to our pipeline, we are delighted that even more customers, domestic and commercial, will be able to make substantial savings on their current energy costs.”

firmus energy will work closely with DRD Roads’ Service to plan and co-ordinate these works.

Michael Scott, general manager for firmus energy, added: “We connect around 4,000 homes and businesses a year in our network area, which is double our target and over the last three years, the Regulator has already granted us approval to extend into Ballyclare, Portstewart and Warrenpoint.”