The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has confirmed that work to bring natural gas to Nenagh is set to begin.
Minister Kelly said: “Phase 1 will bring gas to the major user in the town - Arrabawn. The laying of pipes will start at Stafford Street, through Silver Street, William Street, Clare Street and Limerick Road with a number of crews working in the area. As the saying goes, you can’t make an omellete without breaking eggs, so there will some disruption over the coming weeks but there will be a traffic management system in place,” he said.
Minister Kelly said he had worked “tirelessly” to make this happen.
“It was the single most important project I wanted to deliver for Nenagh. It gives Nenagh huge capacity and fantastic opportunities that it never saw before. This is hugely important for Nenagh,” he said.
The Labour TD siad that gas provision will create a huge competitive advantage for Nenagh, pointing out that energy consumption and the cost of oil and other energy sources were now one of the largest, if not the largest, cost concerns for businesses and employers in Nenagh.
Oil has become hugely expensive and its price is constantly fluctuating. Getting gas into Nenagh will protect jobs, create many more and bring inward investment. It is estimated that natural gas will save Nenagh business and public buildings / schools in the range of €20m to €30m in energy costs in the first five years, he said.
“Nenagh will be the first town in North Tipperary to get gas. Investors and companies measure energy costs as one of their key variables when deciding where to invest. I would like to thank Joe MacGrath, CEO of Tipperary County Council, and CEO of Arrabawn Conor Ryan for all their hard work and commitment to this project. After the last few years of hard work by all of the Nenagh Gas Committee, it is great to see this work start in the town,” said Minister Kelly.