Saturday 18 November 2017

Gas safety scare in the west is over

Gas supplies throughout the west of Ireland are back on following a safety alert at the end of last week. Stock photo: PA
Gas supplies throughout the west of Ireland are back on following a safety alert at the end of last week. Stock photo: PA

Michael McHugh

Gas supplies throughout the west of Ireland are back on following a safety alert at the end of last week.

Odourless natural gas had entered the network through Shell's Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo, resulting in thousands of customers being advised to turn their meters off.

Gas Networks Ireland, which oversees supplies, issued an alert on Thursday evening to customers in Galway city, Oranmore, Tuam and Headford, in Co Galway, and Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Castlebar, Westport, Crossmolina and Ballina, in Co Mayo.

It recommended that users cut supplies using a valve on their meters because the gas could not be detected by smell in the unlikely event of a leak.

In a statement, Gas Networks Ireland said that the restoration work has now been successfully completed - and that all affected areas were now safe to use gas.

Irish Independent

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