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Fresh gas-price fears

BORD Gais has warned consumers gas prices will rise if changes for the use of natural gas pipelines are not implemented.

The Commission for Energy Regulation has proposed that suppliers pay for Ireland's interconnectors, whether or not they use them. The interconnectors supply 95pc of the country's gas from Britain via two pipelines under the Irish Sea.

Bord Gais Networks said that using the current tariff structure "means higher prices for Ireland's gas users". It said the regulator must address the network charges in order to avoid customers paying more for their gas when Corrib and Shannon LNG flow.