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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Gas pipeline application to be submitted for New Ross

An application is to be lodged with the Commission of Energy Regulator (CER) for the introduction of a gas spur to the New Ross area.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Sheehan welcomed the pending application describing it as a positive step forward for the town and area.

'I have been pursuing this with Bord Gas Eireann and being supported by the local chamber. My understanding is that the New Ross spur application is nearing the final internal evaluation and stress checks for lodgement with the CER towards the end of the month. It will take several months for the CER to evaluate the business case for accessing the pipeline,' Cllr Sheehan said.

Once lodged with the CER is it up to the regulator to adjudicate on the application and then to permit Bord Gas to progress with the final stages of the process in terms of connections, business and ultimately residential consumers.

'Having a regular constant supply of good cheap energy is a staple requirement of modern industry and a modern economy and New Ross is in need of investment both of infrastructure and of industry. If we are successful in obtaining this spur, we will remove another obstacle of attracting employment to town and allow the IDA to market the area easily. It makes New Ross cheaper and easier to invest in and combined with Broadband, retains a competitive edge. Something we need to maintain. I want to congratulate all involved so far and to wish them well with the lodgement when its ready. I'm optimistic that we will be approved, and that by the middle of 2019, we can see industry people connecting to natural gas in the area.'

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