Work on bringing the national gas pipeline to Ballymahon has commenced
Gas Networks Ireland has begun work to deliver natural gas to the Center Parcs Longford Forest site in Ballymahon.
Comprising 27km of pipeline in total, the project will be delivered in two sections.
Section one, measuring 6kms in length, runs from Rathmore, Co Longford along the N55 into Ballymahon and then along the R392 to the Center Parcs site. Site investigations are currently underway and pipe laying along the R392 begins in February 2018.
Section two, measuring 21kms in length, runs via regional and local roads from Ories to Tang, in County Westmeath and then along the N55 connecting to section 1 in Rathmore.
A tender process is underway for this section with pipe laying works expected to be carried out in summer 2018.
The project represents a significant investment for the national natural gas system operator.
Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial, Gas Networks Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have begun the process of bringing the natural gas network to Center Parcs Longford Forest.
"This development facilitates the potential future expansion of the gas network in Longford and offers local homes and businesses the opportunity to benefit from the significant cost and environmental benefits natural gas delivers."
Mr O'Sullivan added, "I would like to acknowledge the decisive role played by Center Parcs in facilitating the decision to bring natural gas to the area. Their investment in the area has created the opportunity for us to make this extension.”
Gas Networks Ireland will engage with landowners, stakeholders, residents, businesses and relevant authorities in the area throughout the construction of the project and consultation events will be well-publicised locally in due course.