A key part of our job is to promote the economic development of the natural gas industry in NI.
Following an extensive process we reached an important milestone in bringing gas to the west of NI. A consultation on the preferred applicant for the Gas to the West conveyance licences was launched in August 2014. We subsequently confirmed Mutual Energy Ltd. (MEL) and Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) as the successful applicants for the licences in the Gas to the West area.
Two new conveyance licences were developed and, after further consultation on the licence conditions, these were granted to MEL and SGN in February 2015.
We are now working with MEL and SGN to progress the roll-out of the new networks. The project will ultimately facilitate the connection of up to 40,000 consumers further extending the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas in NI.