GAS provider, Firmus Energy, recently hosted an information session in Ballyclare to introduce the town’s community to the new energy source which has been pipped through the area.
The gas company has invested over £1million in extending its network into Ballyclare.
At the recent breakfast briefing business and elected representatives heard about how the introduction of gas in the town could reduce fuel costs and increase energy efficiency.
Neil Gallagher, engineer for Firmus energy explained: “We are delighted that we are able to bring natural gas to Ballyclare and we have been working hard over the last year to extend our natural gas pipeline from Antrim through Doagh and into the town.
“As natural gas from Firmus was recently recognised by the Utility Regulator as the cheapest in the UK, customers who connect will be able to enjoy significant financial savings compared to using oil or Economy 7 for example.”
He added: “In addition, with the convenience of a constant supply of energy, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there’s no need for storage facilities or the worry of ordering or running out of fuel as the winter sets in.
“Plus, with the ability to pay for your natural gas by direct debit or a pre-payment top up card, budgeting is made easy.”
The company also thanked the community for their patience for the inconvenience that may have been caused with the gas pipline was being put in place.
Neil continued: “We appreciate the co-operation of local people in allowing us to carry out this work and apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused. Most of our roadworks are now complete but when necessary,
Firmus Energy will continue to liaise with all the appropriate bodies, including the Road Service and the PSNI, to ensure that any impact is kept to a minimum and that all work is carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Connections are already in place in the new Willendale estate on the Doagh Road and plans are in place to convert the Readers Park site on the Rashee Road to natural gas in the coming weeks.