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L-R : Stephen Mangan, Mark Davidson, Darren Young, Joel Martin, Margaret Hamilton, Nancy law, Oonagh McCann, David Butler, Danny O’Malley, Kevin MacDonald and Helen Bray

SGN’s Gas to the West/SGN Natural Gas teams have scooped the company’s Team Achievement Award for their work on a multi-million pound new infrastructure project to extend the gas network to the west of Northern Ireland.

SGN employees who have excelled in their roles this year were recognised at the company’s Outstanding People Awardsheld at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

Now in their fifth year, SGN’s Outstanding People Awards (OPAs), recognise exceptional performance and dedication among its employees.

A total of eight awards were presented during the evening by actor Stephen Mangan. They covered a range of categories including Emerging Talent, Unsung Hero, Bringing out the Best, Customer Experience, Team Achievement, Different Thinker, Community Impact and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Excellence.

The Team Achievement award went to SGN’s Gas to the West/SGN Natural Gas teams for their work on the major energy infrastructure project to extend the gas network to eight main towns in the west of Northern Ireland.

Stakeholder Engagement Support Manager, Margaret Hamilton, who nominated them, said: “Their carefully planned and effective approach, together with a ‘can do’ attitude from every member of the team, succeeded in delivering gas to the first customer in Northern Ireland in a timely manner.”

A new 30km gas pipeline was constructed to connect the Strabane area with the existing gas transmission network at Maydown, Derry/Londonderry where a new presssure reduction station has been sited. The first industrial customer, LacPatrick Dairy at Artigarvan, was connected earlier this year and the distribution network is currently being rolled out in Strabane.

The £250m investment in Gas to the West will also bring natural gas to domestic customers in Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt and Omagh.

It is understood that Gas to the West will support around 200 jobs during the construction phase. The new gas infrastructure is also expected to sustain a significant number of ongoing jobs for installation sub-contractors and other related functions.

Describing the OPAs as “the highlight of my year”, SGN CEO John Morea said: “The awards are a chance to recognise some of the amazing work that goes on in our depots and offices across Scotland, the south of England and Northern Ireland every day. I would like to congratulate all our finalists, who really do epitomise what SGN is all about.”

And addressing everyone present on the night, he added: “Against the current backdrop of political change, the one constant is your unwavering commitment. It is you that’s driving our success and your professionalism and dedication that has made us the company we are today.”

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