Strangford MLA, Mr Philip Smith, this week met with Mrs Colleen Patton of Prospect Park in Ballygowan who recently became the first customer connected to the Phoenix Natural Gas network as part of a major £60 million extension project to bring natural gas to 13 towns across County Down.
Mr Philip Smith MLA, commented, “Since Phoenix Natural Gas announced a major expansion project last year to bring natural gas to County Down, this has been a highly anticipated project, particularly within Ballygowan as the first of 13 towns to avail of the new utility.”
“Having consulted with Phoenix Natural Gas throughout the various stages of this project, I am pleased that the company has been working with the people of Ballygowan to deliver an efficient works programme and that the project is progressing on schedule. Over 650 properties are now able to connect to the natural gas network, with a further 600 going live by March 2017.”
“I am delighted that customers in Ballygowan are now able to connect to the natural gas network and I congratulate Mrs Patton on being the first customer to install natural gas in her home. I look forward to seeing many more homes and businesses in the Ballygowan area availing of the many benefits natural gas can bring, as well as improving the utility infrastructure of the local area.”
Speaking about her experience using natural gas, Mrs Colleen Patton said, “I had oil heating in my home for many years but the system was becoming inefficient and increasingly expensive to run. When I heard that natural gas was soon going to be available in my area I was keen to find out more. The natural gas connection and installation process was very straightforward and my home is now so much cosier, with instant warmth and a constant supply of hot water.”
“The freedom with natural gas is fantastic- I don’t need to worry about re-ordering or running out of fuel and I am enjoying the extra space I have in my home and garden having removed my old oil tank and boiler.”
“I also chose to install the new Wave Smart Control which means I can programme the controls for central heating and hot water using a smart phone or tablet. It’s so simple to use and allows me to track my usage so I can have greater control over my home heating bills. I will certainly be recommending Phoenix Natural Gas to my family, friends and neighbours.”
Ballygowan is the first town to have natural gas available for homes and businesses in the area as part of the expansion project. Additional towns set to benefit from natural gas include Annahilt, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Dromore, Drumaness, Dundrum, Hillsborough, Newcastle, Saintfield and Spa.
For more information on the benefits of natural gas visit www.phoenixnaturalgas.com.
(Caption): Mrs Colleen Patton of Prospect Park in Ballygowan is congratulated by Strangford MLA Mr Philip Smith and Neil McCracken, Domestic Sales Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas, on being the first customer to connect to the natural gas network as part of a major expansion project by the company to extend the pipeline to 13 towns across County Down. For more information on the benefits of natural gas visit www.phoenixnaturalgas.com.