DEPUTY Noel Coonan has received confirmation from John Barry, acting chief executive officer, Bord Gáis Eireann that the Commission for Energy Regulation has approved the connection of Nenagh to the natural gas network.
“Prior to receiving this confirmation from Mr Barry, I was in touch with Bord Gais’s previous CEO John Mullins since 2009 regarding the provision of natural gas not only to Nenagh but also to Thurles and Roscrea towns,” said the local Fine Gael TD.
“It has been a joint effort by all involved to make this happen and it good news for Nenagh. It will make the town more attractive and competitive and undoubtedly help attract inward investment.
“Bord Gais Networks, on behalf of Gaslink made a submission to the CER outlining an economic case to connect the town of Nenagh to the natural gas network. The CER then examined the submission in relation to its compliance with the Gas Connections Policy. The CER, subject to contracting the Anchor Load, then approved the connection of Nenagh to the natural gas network.
“As Mr Barry outlined to me, the extension of the gas network to any new town including Thurles and Roscrea is subject to approval by the CER on the basis that a connection to the town is economically viable under the terms of the Gaslink Connection Policy. There is a requirement for a significant gas user to be located in each of the towns to provide a positive business case for the scale of the connection that is required. We need a significant gas user in Thurles and Roscrea to re-assess the viability to connect the towns.
“However, I will continue to pursue the matter and do all I can to help the local towns prosper,” concluded Deputy Coonan.