Local Fine Gael councillor Peggy Nolan has called for the natural gas network to be extended to Longford, writes Patrick Conboy.
Cllr Nolan made the call as the state prepares to sell Bord Gáis. “It is imperative that money from this transaction is ring-fenced to extend the gas network to County Longford,” she said.
A report published by Bord Gáis subsidiary Gaslink found that extending the pipeline to Longford would cost €14.8 million. However, the former town mayor claimed the actual investment required would be much less: “There is a negative net present value of €1.2 million. This means that for €1.2 million of government investment - which is less than 0.1 per cent of the expected sale value of Bord Gais - the pipeline could be brought to Longford.”
Cllr Nolan said it would benefit businesses and homeowners in the local area. “Not only would this save businesses millions, but homeowners could save €485 every year in energy costs,” she claimed.
According to the Gaslink report, there are five possible contract loads in Longford, as well as a further 495 occupied industrial/commercial units. The Longford Town Development Plan, which outlines plans to facilitate further development of industry and housing, estimates 98 new residential connections to the gas network in the town annually.