firmus planning £5m investment in Antrim and Newtownabbey

Eric Cosgrove (left), Engineering Director of firmus energy, and Cormac O'Donnell, Head of Operations, McNicholas Construction. INNT 46-526CON
Eric Cosgrove (left), Engineering Director of firmus energy, and Cormac O'Donnell, Head of Operations, McNicholas Construction. INNT 46-526CON
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firmus energy has confirmed that it is planning to invest around £5million in extending its natural gas supply network in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area.

Following consultation with stakeholders and elected representatives, the company has submitted an ambitious five-year plan to the Utility Regulator, for the period 2017 to 2022.

“If approved, this would see the company invest a further £60million developing its network over this period, making natural gas available to a further 100,000 properties. 8,912 of these potential connections would be in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area, with 89km of pipes planned to be laid at an investment of £5million,” a firmus spokesperson explained.

To date firmus energy has laid more than 125.7km of pipe in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area, connecting its first customer in February 2007. It has invested more than £11million locally and secured in excess of 3,000 customers in the area, including several major commercial clients.