Residents to get hooked up to gas

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper pictured at Garden City.
Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper pictured at Garden City.

A large group of residents living along the Culmore Road area are to get hooked up to the gas supply network in the New Year, it has been announced.

Sinn Fein Councillor for the area Mickey Cooper said the move was extremely welcome.

Colr. Cooper, who has long lobbied and campaigned for the network to be extended into this area of Derry said that energy company Firmus have agreed to install a gas pipeline along Lower Culmore Road during 2015.

Colr. Cooper said: “Early in the New Year I will be meeting with Firmus staff to discuss the process and timelines around them connecting the pipeline into the various residential areas.

“This confirmation should see a new gas supply to the likes of Kingsfort Park, Garden City, Troy Park, Gleneagles and Mount Pleasant.

“This is great news for residents who have been requesting a gas connection for many years.”

He added: “I will be in contact with each resident over the next few months as I receive further information from Firmus.”

Firmus was granted a license to bring natural gas to Derry back in 2005 and is the main supplier to the north west region.

The natural gas pipeline runs from Scotland to Carrickfergus and then arrives here via a transmission pipeline.

Following the completion of the North West pipeline in 2004, Firmus Energy was able to build the new gas networks in various towns and villages across the north west, including Newbuildings and Limavady, as well as various parts of Derry.