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Minister Wants Gas Pipeline Extended To More Midlands Towns

Published: 15th January 2018

The Minister for the Environment is calling for an expansion of Ireland’s natural gas pipeline into more rural towns. Denis Naughten is hosting a seminar today looking at the criteria needed for extending the grid.

The TD believes it could be used to help develop the regions and as a tool to combat climate change.

The Minister has commissioned a report examining where it’s practical to expand the gas network, which should be published by the end of February.

He has welcomed the confirmation that Gas Networks Ireland has now sought tenders to build a new gas pipeline from Athlone to the Centre Parcs project in Ballymahon.

Minister Naughten said:

“I want any gas connection policy to also examine the wider costs and benefits of gas network extensions, to include possible climate and decarbonisation aspects, as well as regional and rural development benefits such as supporting provincial towns.

“The forum will include chambers of commerce, local authorities, and the western development commission and will focus on how we look to extend natural gas to more towns, particularly in the Midlands and West of Ireland.”

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