firmus energy is delighted to announce that homes and businesses in Richhill will be able to switch to the benefits of natural gas this year.
Following discussions with the Utility Regulator, firmus has received approval to extend their natural gas network into the area with an investment of around £1.1 million and 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 and, to date, around 25,000 customers in the new gas towns are already enjoying the advantages that natural gas provides.
Michael Scott, managing director for firmus energy said: “Over the last nine years, firmus energy has grown steadily and now supplies natural gas through both our own 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 over 900km of pipeline across the province.
“These towns and cities previously had no access to natural gas. Customers were quick to recognise the advantages in terms of fuel efficiency, convenience and environmental benefits and it is great to see so many of them now benefitting from making the switch. The larger industrial businesses in these areas were the first to convert with smaller commercial properties and domestic customers quick to follow suit.”
firmus energy now supplies around 50% of the natural gas consumed in Northern Ireland and as a result has displaced upwards of 450,000 tonnes of CO2. Year on year, the company continues to connect around 4,000 new commercial and domestic customers, as the demand for natural gas continues to rise in line with its availability in new areas. Due to the increasing popularity of the fuel, firmus has already been granted nine extensions for areas outside the original licensed locations, including most recently, Bushmills, Ballyclare and Bessbrook.
Michael continued, “With the convenience of a constant supply of energy, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no need for storage facilities or ordering deliveries of fuel and the ability to pay by direct debit or a pre-payment top up card, natural gas is very appropriate for our modern lifestyles.
“The company is committed to continued investment of around £10 million each year in the Northern Ireland economy through the ongoing development of its natural gas network into provincial areas, creating employment opportunities for around 500 local contractors, installers and agencies,” he added.
With continued company growth, the local economy will carry on benefiting from reduced CO2 emissions, job creation and fuel choice for an increasing number of properties.