Gas Networks ready for 'bunker' talks with Talbot Green residents
gas Networks Ireland says it is prepared to talk to residents of Talbot Green and the county council about the proposed location of a large gas regulator, currently planned to be built on the Green.
Residents last week pledged to fight the proposals to install what they termed a 'concrete bunker' on the Green to regulate flow of natural gas in the pipeline being rolled out through Wexford town.
'The location was chosen in conjunction with Wexford County Council, but I'm happy to look at alternatives within the area because it's an important part of the gas infrastructure and it's not something we can do without,' said Andrew Doyle, Gas Networks Ireland's senior construction engineer on the Wexford Town Gas and Water Project.
Mr Doyle said by its nature and the nature of the infrastructure of Wexford town, the pipeline project had to be flexible to meet the needs of local residents and those of businesses which wanted to sign of for the supply of natural gas.
He said wherever possible, engineers were using existing infrastucture to assist in the project and said that in the case of pipelaying between John Street and Wygram, they had been able to re-use an old water main which had been abandoned and 'which saved a lot of hassle'.
Gas and water installations are taking place simultaneously to cut down on the amount of roadworks taking place in and around the town, parts of which are served by a network of old and leaking water pipes.