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Huddersfield gas network upgrade to ensure continued safe and reliable supply of gas for customers

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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £1.2 million to upgrade the ageing metal gas pipes in the Colne Road and Firth Street area of Huddersfield.

The project, which began on Colne Road on Monday 1 October, is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing 2.5km of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers for years to come.

The 60-week project, which has been planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council, will be carried out in phases to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

To enable engineers to carry out the work safely, a road closure is in place at the junction of Chapel Hill and Colne Road from 15 October – 14 December 2018.  Access is being maintained for businesses and residents via Queen Street South and a full signed diversion is in place for road users.

From Colne Road, the essential work will progress towards Queen Street South and then onto Firth Street before completing at Wakefield Road.

The NGN team has been door knocking residents and businesses to talk to them about the work, listen to their concerns and ensure they inform their plans as much as possible.

Chris Nevison, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We know that on one likes roadworks and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused while we work to upgrade the gas mains in the area.  I’d like to thank customers for their patience while we work to complete the project as quickly as possible.”

NGN will be providing regular updates about the project as it progresses via its website – northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter (@NGNgas) and Facebook/northerngasnetworks

Alternatively, for further information please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Essential gas main repair works, Swillington

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Emergency engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are working to repair a gas escape on Wakefield Road (A642) near Swillington, Leeds this morning (16 October 2018). 

Josh Hampshire, Operations Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “In order to carry out the repair safely it has been necessary to close one lane and install temporary three-way traffic lights at the junction with Bullerthorpe Lane. 

“We’re advising road users to find an alternative route if possible and we’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while our engineers work to complete this repair.  If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766, option 3.”  

If you smell gas or suspect carbon monoxide, call the National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999.

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Northern Gas Networks and Gentoo Group partner to bring affordable warmth to residents in Washington

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is working in partnership with housing provider Gentoo Group, to deliver a project that will bring affordable warmth to Gentoo Group residents in and around the Albany, Oxclose and Fatfield areas of Washington.

The network extension scheme and heating systems upgrade, which began on Monday 8th October, will involve NGN connecting around 1,000 owner occupiers and tenants to the gas network free of charge. Gentoo will then install modern gas central heating systems in residents’ homes, which will replace the existing district heating system.

The heating upgrade, which will help residents save energy and money and improve their homes, is taking place following extensive research and feedback from residents about the current internal heating system and has been carefully planned in conjunction with Sunderland City Council.

NGN is responsible for distributing gas to homes and businesses across Yorkshire, the North East and northern Cumbria.  Its network spans 25,000 sq km and contains some of the most economically deprived communities in the UK, from remote parts of rural Northumberland to deprived areas of Bradford.

NGN will be establishing a customer cabin Arklecrag (the cabin will be situated facing number one Arklecrag in the car park, in Albany), where more details about the works will be displayed and the team will be available to answer customers’ questions.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking residents to talk to them about the work and regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter @NGNgas and Facebook @northerngasnetworks.

Fergal O’Donovan, Business Operations Lead in Wear for Northern Gas Networks said: “At Northern Gas Networks we are dedicated to helping people to access affordable warmth.   We’re delighted to work with Gentoo Group to connect residents to the gas network free of charge and help them to create more comfortable homes and save money on their energy bills by giving them access to new heating systems.

“We have been working closely with Sunderland City Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.”

Conan McKinley, Director of Asset Strategy at Gentoo Group said: “We’re delighted to work in partnership with Northern Gas Networks on this investment programme. Not only will this work give people the power to choose who supplies their energy, but it will also create more efficient properties following the installation of the combi boilers.”

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Amy Wilson said:  “Listening to people’s concerns about how to best reduce their heating bills while still keeping their homes warm, is a direct way we can all help understand and tackle ‘fuel poverty’ which still affects many households.

“Working with our partners at Gentoo and Northern Gas Networks we’ve hopefully come up with a solution to the problem for people living in these neighbourhoods in Washington, but there’s still some work to be done.

“Increasing energy efficiency means decreasing energy bills and installing new heating systems to replace old inefficient systems is one practical way of achieving this.”

The project at Washington will be registered as a Considerate Constructors Scheme site – the key principles are to ensure minimal impact to the environment, customers and the community while observing the highest standards of safety.

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Essential upgrade to gas distribution network on West End Avenue, Harrogate

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Since April 2018, the North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), have been carrying out essential works to upgrade the gas distribution network in and around West End Avenue, Harrogate.

The £500k project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves replacing more than 6km of existing metal gas pipes with more durable plastic ones.  This will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The works have been carefully planned in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council.

In order for the remainder of works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to implement some temporary traffic management measures in and around the Leeds Road area.  The remaining works have been planned to coincide with the school holidays when we expect traffic in the area to be lighter than normal.

From Saturday 27th October until Sunday 4th November, there will be road closures in place on South Drive, St George’s Road, Park Drive and Langcliffe Avenue, meaning motorists will not be able to access Leeds Road roundabout via these streets.  A signed diversion route will be in place for motorists.

Access to these streets from the roundabout will be closed.  However, residents will be able to access these streets from the opposite end of the road closures.

Whilst the road closures are in place from Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November, motorists will be able to use Leeds Road, but there will be temporary two traffic signals in place during this time.  The traffic lights will be manually operated between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 to ensure the safe and continued flow of traffic at peak times.

It’s expected these works will cause delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel whilst the temporary traffic signals and road closures are in place.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the project’s latest phase, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place. Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter @NGNgas and Facebook @northerngasnetworks.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual throughout the project.

Steve Goodwin, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with North Yorkshire County Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter and thank everyone for their support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Essential gas mains repair work on north-bound A185 Shields Road, Heworth, Gateshead

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On Saturday 13th October, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) the North of England’s gas distributor, will begin two days of essential gas mains repair work on the A185 Shields Road at Heworth, Gateshead.

Due to a gas escape on a medium pressure gas main in the area, engineers will begin urgent work to fix the pipe.

Our engineers have been working hard over the past week to locate the gas escape on the A185 Shields Road (southbound) however investigations have shown that repair work needs to be undertaken on the gas main located on the A185 (northbound).

In order for works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to introduce a number of temporary traffic management measures.

From 20:00 on Saturday 13th October, until 06:00 on Monday 15th October, a lane closure on the north-bound A185 Shields Road will be implemented.  Whilst the lane closure is in place, there will be no access to the A185 Shields Road from the A184 Felling by-pass.  A signed diversion route will be in place for motorists.

In addition, the A185 southbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane for the duration of works, to ensure the team carrying out these essential repairs can work safely and efficiently.

To ensure the safe and continued flow of traffic in the area, a road closure will be in place on Kirkstone Road.  Traffic will not be able to access Kirkstone Road from the A185 Shields Road.

A road closure will also be in place on Manor Gardens to Wardley Lane Bridge.

Our engineering teams will be working day and night to repair the medium pressure gas main.

It’s expected the work will result in extended journey times, so road users are advised to allow extra time for travel during the work.

Marc Grey, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We’re working closely with Gateshead Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses whilst this essential repair work takes place. We would like to thank everyone for their patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience experienced.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Are you having your driveway replaced? Get in touch with us

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We want to keep inconvenience for customers to a minimum as we work to upgrade the pipe network across the north of England. In the past, customers have had a new driveway installed and then we’ve needed to dig up drives to carry out our work.

To try and avoid this we’re encouraging homeowners across our region – that’s most of Yorkshire, the North East, and northern Cumbria – to let us know if you’re having a new driveway installed.

Our engineers will check if we’re planning any work in your area and come out to carry out our pipe upgrades before your driveway has been installed – cutting down inconvenience and cost and best of all it’s free.

All it takes is one call from you to our Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 (option 3) and we will check if there is work to do at your address.

Anyone who smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

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Update: Gas mains replacement works at Osborne Road, Newcastle

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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is carrying out essential gas mains replacement works to upgrade the gas network in and around Osborne Road, Newcastle, with phase two of the project progressing well.

The circa £570,000 investment will ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The lane closure in place on Osborne Terrace is due to be removed at 4pm on Friday 21st September.

Three-way temporary lights are still in place on Portland Road and the junction of Stoddard Street and Warwick Street.

These are manually operated at peak times to help reduce congestion.

Work is now being carried out on Sandyford Road, with one lane now closed to ensure work can continue safely.

The project remains on schedule and NGN is working closely with Newcastle City Council as the scheme continues, however motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel while the temporary signals are in place.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual.

Richie Manuel, Business Operations Lead at Northern Gas Networks, said: “Our essential work to upgrade the gas mains in the Osborne Road area of Newcastle is progressing well. We’re continuing to work closely with Newcastle City Council to minimise the inconvenience caused to customers and road users and we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”

The upgrade is part of a larger programme to decommission the gas mains that run through the Tyne Bridge and have been in place for almost 100 years. By installing modern plastic pipes, Northern Gas Networks will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for many years to come.

To find out the latest information about the project visit https://www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/essential-gas-mains-work-in-ne2/ or alternatively contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbonhttps://www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/essential-gas-mains-work-in-ne2/ monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Grants boost will make communities warmer and safer

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Community groups and charities in the North of England are being invited to bid for grants of up to £10,000 to help make local communities warmer, safer and more prosperous.

The Community Partnering Fund – a scheme run by Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid and Leeds Community Foundation – launches this week.

Organisations can bid for grants between £1,000 and £10,000. Bids are now being accepted, with a closing date of October 16, 2018. A total of £50,000 is up for grabs in the current funding round, with a further round scheduled for spring 2019.

To win funding, applicants need to propose projects which will tackle fuel poverty, promote energy efficiency, educate communities about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide or electrical safety, encourage interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects or promote the Priority Services Register – a free support service for energy customers in vulnerable situations.

Tom Bell, Northern Gas Networks’ Head of Social Strategy said: “This is the third year we’ve run a grants scheme for local charities and community groups. This year, we’re delighted to be joined by Northern Powergrid – doubling the available funding opportunities.

“We’re asking organisations to propose schemes which tackle issues that are close to our hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects.

“As well as providing a short-term funding boost, we want to find organisations who can become our long-term partners. By working with groups who are embedded in their local communities, we can have much bigger impact.”

Siobhan Barton, Head of Stakeholder Relations at Northern Powergrid, said: “We see our role as much more than just keeping the lights on: we’re committed to supporting the communities we work and live in. The Community Partnering Fund is a fantastic way for us to support local groups as they help the communities they serve. 

“We encourage any groups with an outreach activity that develops, strengthens, and educates their local communities around STEM subjects, saving energy or encourages those eligible to sign up to our Priority Services Register to apply for a grant.”

£100,000 has been awarded over the past two years, via the scheme. Previous recipients have included a community radio station, homeless charity, food co-operative and refugee support group. 

Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive of Leeds Community Foundation said: “The fact that this funding scheme is now entering its third year, and is even bigger and better than ever, is fantastic news for communities across the North of England.

“We’re working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to help administer the programme and are looking forward to reviewing many inspiring applications.”

An entry form and full details are available at the Leeds Community Foundation website:  https://www.leedscf.org.uk/community-partnering-fund

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Energy networks launch first ‘Call for Ideas’ as £90m Network Innovation Competition begins

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Up to £90m of investment is up for grabs for Britain’s leading energy innovators this week, as energy network companies launch the first ever Call for Ideas for the Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

The Call, which is for companies interested in working with Britain’s gas and electricity network operators to develop bids for the funding, is being run by Energy Networks Association (ENA). ENA represents the companies responsible for operating the ‘wires and pipes’ of Britain’s energy network infrastructure.

Successful applicants will work with network companies to compete for up to £20 million of funding available for gas network projects and up to £70 million available for electricity network projects.

Research from the National Infrastructure Commission has identified up to £8bn of savings a year that can be made from energy networks investing in innovative smart power technologies.

KPMG research also shows that using new innovation projects to evolve both our gas and electricity networks to help decarbonise our economy could save consumers as much as £214bn by 2050 compared to a full or near-full electrification scenario.

The annual Competition is designed to support a range of large scale energy innovation projects in communities across the country.

Run by Ofgem, network companies and their partners will compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new energy technologies that will help run energy network infrastructure in a smarter, cleaner and more flexible way.

Recent examples include the H21 project, a nationwide project which aims to build an evidence-base on the conversion of gas distribution networks to transport 100% low-carbon hydrogen, and the OpenLV project, which enables open access to local network electricity demand data.

NGN’s Low Carbon Gas Pre-heating project was funded by the NIC

Proposals must provide a clear cost benefit to the public, cost benefits to the running of the networks, environmental benefits and demonstrate genuine innovation.

They will need to fit with the priority areas or one of the possible cross-sector areas, such as whole system planning, set out in the Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Strategies published earlier this year.

Potential applicants can also find out more information about existing innovation projects and meet network operators to discuss potential projects at this year’s Low Carbon Network Innovation (LCNI) Conference, the UK’s largest smart grid conference, which takes place in Telford on 16-17 October.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association says:
“This is an exciting chance for innovators to deliver projects that will make a real difference to the way networks operate in communities up and down the country. Network innovation is vital to keeping energy bills down for the public, whilst delivering a smarter, cleaner and more flexible energy system that serves the country. We want to hear from the widest range of energy innovators as possible to help deliver that.”

Phillip New, CEO of Energy Systems Catapult, says: “We are seeing extraordinary changes across the energy system, in particular in how our networks manage the shift to more low carbon and decentralised energy. This programme gives innovative companies the important chance to road test new ideas and trial them at scale.”

The call for ideas opens on 3 September and closes on 26 October at 5pm. Applications can be made on Energy Networks Association’s Network Innovation Collaboration Portal.

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Engineers complete gas main repair and reopen the A64 at Leeds

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A damaged gas main on the A64 at Leeds has now been repaired by our engineers and the road is now completely open.

 

A leak had meant engineers had to close one side of the A64 close to Junction 44 of the A1(M) on Tuesday 28 August.

 

However, this work has now been completed and engineers have reopened the road this evening (Friday 31 August).

 

James Knox, NGN Site Manager, said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience that this road closure has caused for motorists, but it was essential for the safe repair of the pipes underground.

 

“There is some reinstatement work needed on the site next week which may require a further road closure. However, we will try to make sure this work takes place overnight and causes as little disruption as possible to motorists.

 

“The leak was reported to us through the National Gas Emergency phone line and we’d always encourage anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide to call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.”

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