Gas work expected to last eight weeks

Gas mainlaying work starts on the Ballyclare Road, Doagh. INNT 22-075-FP
Gas mainlaying work starts on the Ballyclare Road, Doagh. INNT 22-075-FP

FIRMUS Energy has begun work to connect more local homes and businesses to the gas supply network.

Work started on Monday (May 28) on the Ballyclare Road between Doagh and Ballyclare and is expected to last eight weeks.

The natural gas company, which provides a natural energy source to cities and towns across Northern Ireland, has outlined its plans for the coming weeks.

Head of Engineering Kevin McSherry said: “We are currently developing our natural gas network across the province, allowing us to bring the cost and environmental benefits of this energy source to towns which haven’t been able to avail of it before.

“Carrying out this work on the Doagh Road will enable Firmus Energy to connect local houses, schools, shops and businesses in Ballyclare to the benefits of natural gas.

“We believe it is important to keep the local public informed about what is happening and we plan to hold an Open Evening on bringing natural gas to Ballyclare in advance of any works in the centre of the town. Details of this event will be published locally in advance.”

Connection work will take place from Doagh village along the Ballyclare Road through to Ballyclare Primary School. All the works will be fully signposted and will use traffic lights and where possible, the company will use trenchless technology where ground conditions permit to accelerate the works.

Kevin McSherry continued: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this activity may cause in the local area. We will continue to work with all the appropriate authorities and make every effort to ensure that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum, and we would like to thank the Roads Service in co-ordinating our works in the Ballyclare and Doagh area.”

If you would like further information, contact the Firmus Energy Customer Careline on 08456 08 00 88.