ENERGY BOOST

Pipe laying work underway at the Burn Road in Doagh as firmus energy moves ahead with plans to extend its supply network.
Pipe laying work underway at the Burn Road in Doagh as firmus energy moves ahead with plans to extend its supply network.

HOUSEHOLDS and businesses in Doagh and Ballyclare will soon have the option of choosing an alternative fuel source for heating and cooking as firmus energy pushes ahead with plans to bring natural gas to the area.

Work on gas pipe laying is currently taking place in Parkgate and Doagh, with the scheme then set to progress along the Ballyclare Road and Doagh Road into Ballyclare.

The Times understands that domestic and commercial customers in Doagh will be offered the opportunity to convert to gas later this year, with the project due to come on line in Ballyclare in early 2012.

A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the specifics of the scheme ahead of an official launch, but it is understood the work to bring gas to the Sixmile Valley represents an investment by firmus of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The company has previously claimed that customers could save more than £500 per year by making the switch from oil to gas.

Welcoming the move to extend the natural gas network to the area, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade, Darren Black, commented: “The announcement that Ballyclare is to be connected to an alternative energy supplier is good news for local residents and businesses alike. Other outlying towns have had gas as an option for many years and it is long overdue that Ballyclare can also benefit from this.

“There will be added competition to existing energy/heating suppliers, but ultimately it will provide everyone with a choice.”

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