Massive economic boost for North Kerry as gas pipeline arrives

Dónal Nolan

Businesses, schools and homeowners in Listowel are being urged to contact Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) in the interests of becoming the first customers in the county of the cheaper fuel.

GNI is to begin laying a new gas feeder main by the end of August in the fruition of Kerry Group's efforts to secure the cheaper fuel supply for its Listowel plant.

The feeder main will be laid from the nearest point of the national grid at Barrigone outside Foynes through Ballyhahill and Moyvane and into Listowel - in the first phase of the gas scheme.

GNI is to lay a 'distribution' network in these three areas as part of a second phase that will allow businesses, schools and homes to tap into the gas network.

It's vital the public now make contact with GNI at its upcoming information evening in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Tuesday, May 23 next (6pm), Cathaoirleach of the Listowel Municipal Authority Fine Gael County Councillor Aoife Thornton urged.

"This project is of massive economic benefit for North Kerry and has to be welcomed in so far as it will underpin employment and operations at the Kerry Group plant....I would urge all groups to make contact with GNI at the information meeting with a view to giving the company an idea of the demand that exists for gas in the town and surroundings."

SEAI is meanwhile offering significant grant aid to help groups and homeowners access the gas line, Cllr Thornton added.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney meanwhile said assurances were obtained from GNI that the works would have minimal impact on the public.

The semi-state is not required to seek planning permission, but it has applied to Kerry County Council for a 'road-opening licence' to allow it commence work.


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