Sunday 21 January 2018

Probe into odourless gas incident

Michael Ring
Michael Ring
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Gas customers in Galway and Mayo had their supplies restored yesterday afternoon after a safety incident.

Gas Networks crews said supplies were safe to use after customers were reconnected following a technical incident which led to non-odourised gas being supplied to thousands of homes. Gas supplies to Galway city and Claregalway were restored yesterday morning with other supplies in the region restored later in the day.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring called for an investigation into how non-odourised gas was introduced into the network to take place quickly.

The Fine Gael Minister welcomed the announcement by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) that a full investigation would take place into how non-odourised gas was introduced into the gas network in the west.

"People in Mayo and Galway deserve an explanation of how this was allowed to happen and of the actions to be taken to ensure it cannot happen again," Minister Ring said.

"This investigation should be carried out and its findings communicated as a matter of priority. Customers require certainty that the gas entering their homes every day is safe to use.

"Obviously the immediate priority is the resumption of supply to the 10,000 customers in Mayo and Galway in a safe manner.

"Once this has been achieved, the focus needs to shift to identifying the cause of the problem and taking measures to ensure it does not recur, and communicating the findings to the public," Mr Ring added.

Gas Networks Ireland said last night that supplies in the region were now fully odourised.

Customers with any concerns can contact the care line on 1850 200 694. Customers who suspect a gas leak or smell gas in any part of the country should always call the 24-hour emergency line on 1850 20 50 50.

Sunday Independent

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