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Encirc support for £250m gas project

05 Sep, 2016

Glass manufacturer Encirc voiced its support for the £250 million Gas to the West project at a meeting at its Derrylin site last week. 

In April, the Chief Executive Mutual Energy, one of the partners involved in bringing gas to Fermanagh, voiced his concerns about “criminality” in Derrylin. 

Last Monday, Mr. Larkin and Tom Elliott, MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, visited the factory to see “the positive impact the initiative will have on the local business community.” 

During the visit, Mr Larkin commented: “This area of Northern Ireland is a manufacturing hub, and having access to a natural, sustainable energy source is something that will not only benefit the businesses here, but the wider community too. 

“The project is making good progress and we are currently preparing to submit our planning application, having engaged in extensive local community consultation. We look forward to bringing gas to Derrylin as soon as possible, and Encirc will be an anchor customer, making the project a reality.” 

Encirc has been a strong supporter of the initiative, which will see a £250 million investment bring natural gas to the west of Northern Ireland. 

Adrian Curry, managing director of Encirc, explained: “We have 440 jobs here in Derrylin. Bringing natural gas to the region will be a significant factor in sustaining these jobs well into the future. At Encirc, we’re constantly looking for ways of working that can help us further improve the sustainability of our sites, so supporting Gas to the West was a natural fit for us.” 

Tom Elliott added: “In addition to the environmental benefits, the project has the potential to generate £200 million for the local economy and support around 200 jobs during the construction phase. It’s great to see activity progressing as it is and the plans becoming a reality.”