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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This event is primarily to share both new developments and an opportunity to network with the innovators, movers and shakers in our industry both in the UK & Northern Ireland!

Join us for two packed days starting with a new technology exhibition and a keynote presentation by major stakeholders.   

To add to the experience there will be full on cultural and entertainment programme for both delegates and partners ensuring this is an event not to miss.

(A full programme of daytime and evening events will be organised)

Why Should I attend, what benefits are there for us?    

Natural gas was first introduced to Northern Ireland back in 1996, initially to customers in Greater Belfast and the immediate surrounding area where Phoenix Natural Gas by the end of 2016 will have connected over 200,000 properties out of circa 320,000 properties. Phoenix Natural Gas are  now embarking on a new phase of network expansion to supply 13 towns in East County Down, making natural gas available to a further 28,000 customers.

Firmus energy is engaged in work to develop the market outside Greater Belfast this work involves rolling out the gas distribution network in the 10 towns and cities of Londonderry, Limavady, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Newry, Craigavon, Antrim, Banbridge and Armagh.  To date they have connected around 28,000 customers in the 10 towns and are taking natural gas to some additional urban areas, such as Tandragee, Warrenpoint and Bushmills.

On 11 February 2015, the Utility Regulator awarded exclusive gas conveyance licenses to NI Energy Holdings (West Transmission Ltd) and SGN Natural Gas to distribute Gas into West Northern Ireland feeding the towns of Dungannon, Cookstown, Magherafelt, Coalisland, Omagh, Strabane, Enniskillen and Derrylin.  Initial construction work to connect Strabane to gas began in November 2015 and it is anticipated that work to connect the remaining towns will commence in 2017. Some 40,000 customers are planned to be connected in these towns over the licence period.

The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to extending the natural gas network in Northern Ireland where it is economic to do so working towards a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35 per cent by 2025, also to introduce and support a range of initiatives aimed at reducing fuel poverty across Northern Ireland.

The Department is working closely with the Utility Regulator and the natural gas industry on gas market arrangements, ensuring that EU and UK energy policy and legislative requirements are delivered in Northern Ireland.  Gas market activities also include promoting greater retail competition where this is possible, and to provide further extension of the gas network where it is economically viable.

The prospects are immense; share your knowledge, experiences and successes it's a two way opportunity do you need any further reasons not to attend?