Bord Gáis may connect 34 more towns


Bord Gáis is considering 34 towns across Ireland for connection to the natural gas network.

This comes at a time when the company is also finalising plans to deal with an emergency gas supply situation in Ireland.

A decision on which towns are suitable for a connection is expected to be made this autumn. Consideration is given as to how much gas supply is needed in each town, the cost of setting up a connection, new housing developments and expected revenue that would be generated.

The towns being considered under phase three of a natural gas roll-out include Killarney, Tralee, Listowel, Newcastle West, Macroom, Clonakilty, Nenagh, Castleblayney, Carrick-on-Shannon and Bundoran.

Last year, Bord Gáis decided that six towns would be considered for connection at a cost of €23m and, under phase one of the study, 11 towns along the route of the Mayo-Galway pipeline showed viability.