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Traffic disruptions at the heart of the town...but Strabane powers ahead with natural gas project

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Traffic disruptions at the heart of the town...but Strabane powers ahead with natural gas project thumbnailRoadworks

DESPITE major traffic disruptions in the heart of Srtrabane for almost a week now the company installing the new gas network is confident the short term pain will be more than made up for by the long term gain for the town.

SGN Natural Gas Network say the mains gas network being built in Strabane will ensure that hundreds of homes and businesses in the town have access to natural gas for future generations, the company responsible for the major infrastructure project said this week.

SGN Natural Gas Network development work is ongoing at Abercorn Square this week. In other areas of the town specialist drilling was successfully completed last December to bring the pipeline across the River Mourne.

The company's green safety barriers and signage have become a familiar feature in the construction of what is believed to be one of the largest infrastructure projects carried out in the western area.

A spokesperson for the company explained that preparatory ground works had been undertaken on a phased basis. The scale of the contract requires further excavation work and reinstatement of sections of roadway at various locations.

The work has all been scheduled so that the contractors are not working for prolonged periods on the same busy thoroughfares, minimising disruption to traffic in the town.

More than 1,300 homes and businesses in Strabane now have access to natural gas, which is greener and more energy efficient than other commonly used forms of home heating.

As well as the documented benefits of natural gas itself, the ambitious project also aims to reduce fuel poverty and enable businesses to grow whilst reducing their carbon footprint.

15m has been invested to date in Strabane, the first of eight towns in counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Derry connected to the mains gas network. Around 220 people are currently employed on the construction phase, creating an added boost for the local economy.

A growing number of Strabane households have already been connected or are in the process of connecting to natural gas. Some of the town's largest employers such as McColgan's Quality Foods are also now powered by natural gas with other prominent manufacturing companies and businesses scheduled to convert their energy supply in the weeks and months ahead.

Information sessions

A series of Connection Information Sessions have recently been held in Strabane, the next one taking place in Strabane Library today (Wednesday) from 4pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.

Members of the SGN Natural Gas Connections Team will be in attendance with information about financial incentives for both owner-occupied and private rental properties. Local heating engineers and boiler suppliers will also be present to offer help and advice.

Residents and businesses will have a further opportunity to attend an Information Session taking place in the Fir Trees Hotel on Wednesday, March 28, from 5pm to 7.30pm.

For more information on the SGN Natural Gas Network including details about roadworks visit www.sgnnaturalgas.co.uk

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