Mid-Ulster MLA, Ian McCrea, has welcomed the launch of the competition to build a new gas pipeline which will serve the west of Northern Ireland that will include Cookstown and Magherafelt.
“I am delighted that we are now getting to the business end of a gas line coming to the west of Northern Ireland and I am particularly thrilled given the intensive lobbying I have done with party colleague and DETI Minister Arlene Foster MLA who has kept this important project on the agenda,” said the DUP assembly member.
“Executive Ministers gave their backing early last year to see the extension of natural gas provision to main towns in the west including Cookstown, Magherafelt, Dungannon, Coalisland, Omagh, Strabane and Enniskillen and agreed a financial contribution of £32.5 million to the scheme that will cost around £200m to complete.
“This type of infrastructure will allow 40,000 new customer connections and benefit those customers with the energy savings that are attributed with using gas.
“This project will also help large industrial operators to significantly cut energy costs; a prime example being Dale Farm in Cookstown that would save over £1m a year in energy costs.
“It is anticipated that the licence to build the pipeline will be awarded this autumn and construction work will likely take at least two years and I trust that the local construction industry will benefit from this scheme.
“This is indeed welcome news and brings us a step closer to bringing natural gas to Mid Ulster.”