‘Gas to the West’ project continues to be rolled out across Mid-Ulster towns.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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'GAS to the West' has created a major boost for the local economy, bringing hundreds of new jobs and £15million investment to date on the project build, it has been revealed.

SGN Natural Gas confirmed there are currently 230 people employed on the project with key pieces of work in the construction phase underway across Counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Londonderry. A number of new job opportunities are also currently available with the locally based project team.

SGN Natural Gas is bringing gas mains, services and meters to nearly 40,000 customers over the next 40 years in Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin,Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt, Omagh and Strabane as part of an overall investment estimated to be worth around £250million.

The company stopped all road works in town centre areas in December to ensure activity for local residents and trade for businesses was not disrupted during the busy festive period.

Contractors are now back on the ground at a number of key locations across the project build area including the Dungannon, Cookstown and Coalisland areas. Up to 200kms of pipes are being laid as part of the major infrastructure for the new mains gas network.

Danny O'Malley, Director of SGN Natural Gas, said that while the build was still at a relatively early stage in a number of areas, work was progressing well to ensure homes and businesses can avail of the many benefits of natural gas as soon as possible.

He told the Courier: "Key pieces of work are currently taking place at a number of locations in Counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Derry. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel with the least environmental impact, and has a vital role to play in reducing fuel poverty levels which are worryingly high in the western area.

"Strabane is the first of the eight towns included in the project already connected to natural gas during the past year. We were particularly delighted with the successful completion of a highly-specialised piece of engineering at the end of last year, which involved crossing the River Mourne by drilling under the river to install the gas pipeline.

Natural gas is available to around 1,300 homes and businesses in the town from January 2018 onwards.

"The project team are looking forward to continuing our important community engagement across all of the areas we are working in. This will include a new series of information sessions beginning this month to keep local residents, business representatives and our other key stakeholders regularly updated on all aspects of the project.

"We wish to thank motorists and the wider public for their continued patience and co-operation during the ongoing construction phase to ensure homes and businesses can avail of the many benefits of natural gas as soon as possible."

Roadworks/traffic control are currently in operation in the following areas:- Coalisland / Dungannon / A29 Cookstown Road, Killyman Road, Coalisland Road.

Cookstown/Magaherafelt - Lane closures on A29 Moneymore Road and Drum Road.

Clogher Valley- Augher: Road closure Knockmanny Road; Brookeborough: Hard shoulder closure on A4 Belfast Road between Brookeborough and Fivemiletown. Omagh - Road closure on Tullyrush Road Between A5 and Crevenagh Road, with diversions in place.

Road closure on Tullyrush Road between A5 and Seskinore Road, with diversions in place. Regular updates on roadworks and diversions are available on the website,


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