• SGN Natural Gas brings gas safety roadshow to Strabane schools

    19 May, 2017

    Primary School pupils in Strabane have been learning valuable information about gas safety as part of an exciting roadshow by SGN Natural Gas which is currently in the process of bringing mains gas to homes in the Co. Tyrone town.

    Pupils Anna Devine and Oisin Robinson pictured with Dominic Scullion, SHE Manager, SGN Natural Gas, and the replica gas boiler at GaelscoilUíDhochartaigh on Friday.

    The company visited St Mary’s PS, St Catherine’s PS and GaelscoilUíDhochartaigh as the first in a series of roadshows SGN Natural Gas will undertake throughout the community coinciding with the ‘Gas to the West’ project roll-out in Strabane. 

    Dominic Scullion, SHE Manager (Safety, Health, Environment), SGN Natural Gas, delivered the schools’ presentation aimed at educating the children about gas safety in general and the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). He also explained where gas comes from, how it gets into our homes, what to do if you smell gas, and staying safe near sites and equipment. 

    l to r: Dominic Scullion, SHE Manager, SGN Natural Gas and St Mary's PS pupil Mark Conwell equipped with a replica of a gas boiler.

    Dominic said he was delighted with the feedback from the local schools and was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the pupils during the presentation which is aimed at P5-P7s.

    He added: “Staying safe near our sites and equipment is the most important message that we are trying to convey as we are currently constructing the network in Strabane and schools are coming up to the summer holidays. This is only the first in a series of roadshows SGN Natural Gas will undertake throughout the community and we look forward to announcing further details in the very near future.”

    Máire Ní Dhochartaigh, Principal of Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, said the school welcomed the opportunity to host the SGN Natural Gas roadshow so pupils could learn more about the major energy infrastructure project taking place in the town and hear important messages around gas safety.

    She continued: “We were very pleased with the presentation; the children and staff enjoyed it and found it very informative. It was particularly beneficial for the P6s and P7s who, as part of their curriculum, do some work about natural resources and the presentation put some of what they learned from their teacher during the year into context.”

    Sandra O’Doherty, Principal of St Mary’s PS said its pupils were also very enthusiastic about the roadshow and the school welcomed the opportunity to hear more about how the work was progressing in Strabane and the overall ‘Gas to the West’ project.

    Bridget Wilders, Principal of St Catherine’s PS, added: “We were delighted to take part in the roadshow which enabled our pupils and staff to learn more about natural gas and the very important safety messages for the children in particular to take on board.”

    Darren Young, Head of Business Development with SGN Natural Gas concluded: “We would like to thank the principals and staff from the schools in Strabane who provided such a warm welcome for our team over the past week, and we look forward to engaging with the wider community about the benefits of natural gas and the overall ‘Gas to the West’ project.’’

    ‘Gas to the West’ is bringing natural gas to eight main towns in the west of Northern Ireland starting with Strabane, and also including Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt and Omagh.

    For further information on ‘Gas to the West’ visit sgnnaturalgas.co.uk