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Northern Gas Networks and award winning Chef highlight fuel efficiency support with energy saving recipe competition

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Did you know you could save up to 63p per hour by using a slow cooker instead of a traditional cooker? A slow cooker is a great, cost effective way of making delicious and nutritious meals with little preparation.

To coincide with the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming on Wednesday 5 February – a event created by National Energy Action to increase awareness of fuel poverty around the UK and Ireland – NGN is launching a national competition, in partnership with Community Action Northumberland, to develop a delicious slow-cooker recipe. The competition promotes the key messages of healthy eating, wellbeing and economic cooking; entrants must create an easy-to-prepare recipe made with affordable ingredients, prepared in a slow cooker.

Competition entrants should create an appetising, healthy and affordable recipe that can be cooked entirely in a slow cooker. It could be a family favourite, a new innovation or a spin on a classic – the choice is yours!

The recipe competition was introduced at the inaugural Warm Hub Luncheon Club at St Mary’s Church, Longframlington, near Morpeth, on January 27. As well as receiving a hot meal, and advice regarding energy efficiency, attendees at the Warm Hub were treated to a demonstration of a Vegan Moroccan Stew recipe, specially designed and prepared by Michael Hall, regional winner of Chef of the Year at the 2016 North East Culinary Trade Association, and chef at The Granby Inn, Longframlington nr. Morpeth.

Northern Gas Networks and its long term partner, Community Action Northumberland, launched the award-winning Warm Hubs programme in 2015, as a way of giving residents in rural, off-grid locations access to friendly, warm places, run by local volunteers, where they can go to socialise, enjoy refreshments and have access to services including energy efficiency advice. More than 8,000 residents use the Warm Hubs throughout the year.

The launch of the Pop-Up Hubs, a series of one-off Warm Hub events in the more isolated areas, are providing further support for communities who may not be connected to the gas network. The Pop-Up Hubs have been visited by over 500 residents so far. The Hubs also offers information on tariffs, the Priority Services Register and Warm Homes discount which are some of the ways Northern Gas Network support those in need of help across the region.

The Hubs initiative, launched across the North East, has expanded to other parts of the UK and communities who would like further support and advice on issues surrounding energy efficiency. The competition closes on Monday, February 28, 2020. The prize includes a slow cooker, provided by Northern Gas Networks, essential kitchen utensils and a hamper of locally sourced ingredients to make a range of delicious slow-cooked recipes.

Winners will be chosen by Michael Hall and a panel from Northern Gas Networks.

Terms and Conditions

  1. This prize promotion is open to all UK residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), except for anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of the prize promotion (including Northern Gas Networks and their immediate families).
    5. To enter, send your slow cooker recipe and photograph of your finished dish to slowstewcompetiton@northerngas.co.uk or post to:

Slow Stew Competition

FAO Communications Team

Northern Gas Networks,

Thorpe Park Business Park,

1100 Century Way,

Colton,

Leeds,

LS15 8TU

by Friday 28th February 2020, include a full name, home address, contact number and email address.

  1. Entries that are incomplete, lost, mislaid, damaged, corrupted, delayed, wrongly delivered, or not received for whatever reason will not be accepted. Any comments that we consider (in our absolute discretion) to be vulgar, offensive, indecent, racist, copied, offensive, cruel or fraudulent, or infringe on the rights or others will be immediately removed.
  2. The entry instructions form part of the rules. By entering, you agree to accept and be bound by the rules.
  3. Everyone who meets the entry criteria will be entered into the competition for consideration.
  4. There will be one entry per person. No third party or bulk entries. If it becomes apparent that either a participant or household is using any means to circumvent this condition such as, and without limitation, multiple email addresses, fraudulently falsifying data, acting fraudulently or dishonestly in the opinion of the promoter or otherwise acting in violation of these terms, these participants will be disqualified and any prize entitlement will be void.
  5. One winner will be selected, and their entry, name and hometown will be shared with respective local press, national press and on Northern Gas Networks’ social media channels. Consent is withdrawable at any time, however failure to provide permission for Northern Gas Networks to publish this information will result in removal from the competition.
  6. Entries must be received by the time specified in these terms and conditions to be in with a chance of winning. All competition entries received after the time specified are automatically disqualified and deleted.
  7. All entries (excluding the winners) will be deleted after 90 days.
  8. The prize for the winner is a 6L Cookworks slow cooker and essential kitchen utensils including a set of 3 polypropylene chopping boards, a stainless steel peeler, a dishwasher safe ladle, a wooden spoon, a spatula and some mini measure spoons (worth £42 RRP) plus a hamper of locally sourced ingredients to make a range of delicious slow-cooked recipes.
    14. There is no cash or alternative to the prize stated and we cannot send the prize to anyone other than the named winner. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be resold. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for an alternative one of the same or higher value.
    15. The winner will be notified via email or telephone.
    16. If a prize is not claimed within two days of that winner being notified, the prize will be redrawn and awarded to a new winner. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.
    17. We reserve the right to cancel, amend, withdraw, terminate or temporarily suspend this promotion for whatever reason, with no liability to any entrants or third parties but if this happens we will use all reasonable endeavours to avoid consumer disappointment.
  9. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
    19. The promoter’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
    20. As part of the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we have updated our Privacy Notices. These Privacy Notices set out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed. The Promoter will only process your personal information as set out in the Privacy Notice: https://www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/legal-information/. By entering into this competition and providing us with your information, you agree to these terms and conditions and our Privacy Notices. The Promotor is only using the personal data of the entrants to administer the competition on the basis that it is necessary for entering or performing a Contract.
    21. The Promoter is: Northern Gas Networks, Thorpe Park Business Park, 1100 Century Way, Colton, Leeds, LS15 8TU.
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Young people to get creative in promoting carbon monoxide awareness

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), has launched its annual creative safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

 

All the UK’s gas distribution networks – Northern Gas Networks, Cadent, SGN and Wales & West Utilities – are looking for entries from children aged between five and 11, in any form of media, such as eye-catching cartoons, videos, models, short stories or poems that are informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of CO poisoning.

 

Tom Bell, Chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group said:  “The GDNs are committed to raising awareness of CO and are pleased to launch the safety competition for 2020 – a key activity in highlighting the dangers of CO poisoning in schools, homes and workplaces across Great Britain

 

“Every year the GDNs are further impressed by the level of understanding and creativity that goes into making the competition entries and are encouraged that the CO safety message reaches not only the students, but their friends and families in the community as well.

 

”The competition will be run on a regional level by each GDN, until Friday 8 May 2020. It is open to students in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5 – 11) across Great Britain.

 

Winners from each region will be invited to a special award ceremony to be held in June 2020, where the national winner will be announced. All winners will receive a prize for themselves and for their school.

 

Key Information:

All competition entries are to be submitted to COSafetyCompetition@energynetworks.org

For more information on the competition visit the ENA website

For competition Terms & Conditions see the ENA website

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 Framwellgate Peth (A691), Durham

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Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the North of England’s gas distributor, are due to repair a gas main on the approach to Durham City Centre on Framwellgate Peth.  Due to the location of the gas main we need to close the road heading into the City from Friday 17th January at 20:00 until Monday 20th January at 06:00.

There will be a diversion in place for the duration of the closure and NGN’s Customer Care Officers will be speaking to residents to inform them about the work.

Marc Grey, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said “The safety of our customers and engineers is our number one priority, and closing the road is essential in ensuring the public and our workforce stay safe at all times.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience experienced. We will keep businesses and road users updated throughout the work.”

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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UPDATE: Essential upgrade to gas distribution network at Elland Bridge, Halifax

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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing a total of £380,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network in the Elland Bridge area of Halifax.

The works are being carried out simultaneously in West Vale and on Halifax Road, having been planned in close partnership with Calderdale Council.

Both projects are part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area. It involves replacing just over 800m of existing metal gas mains with new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe, reliable and continuous supply of gas to customers in Elland Bridge for many years to come.

The works in West Vale began on 6th January and will last for six weeks, due to be completed by the end of the week beginning Monday 17th February 2020. On Halifax Road, the works will take approximately 10 weeks, and are being undertaken in two overlapping phases.

Teams are making great progress on Halifax Road and have now moved to the next phase of works.

This involves some changes to the traffic management previously in place, to ensure the safety of NGN teams and members of the public.

Since Wednesday 8th January, Halifax Road has been closed in one direction.

To ensure a smooth flow of traffic, the usually two-way road is now one-way, with vehicles flowing in a westerly direction from Park Road/Elland Bridge towards the A629 Calderdale Way. This change is expected to be in place for around eight weeks.

Two-way temporary lights have now moved to Elland Bridge and Halifax Road, and will be manned Monday to Sunday to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

The West Vale section of works continues to progress as scheduled at Stainland Road and Saddleworth Road.

From Monday 20th January, Middle Dean Street and Queen Street will be closed at their junctions with Stainland Road. These closures will be in place until this stage is completed in mid-February.

A fully signed diversion will be in place for motorists.

For both these projects, it is expected that journey times will be longer, so all motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel.

NGN’s Customer Care Team will be on-site throughout all the planned work to provide updates to affected businesses and residents.

Regular updates will also be posted on the NGN website at northerngasnetworks.co.uk, on the NGN Facebook page @northerngasnetworks and on Twitter @NGNgas.

Chris Nevison, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “After safety, minimising the impact of road works on our customers is our top priority.

“We know that town centre works have a major impact on road users, and would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this essential project, and apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause as we look to complete them 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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Update – Gas mains replacement at Manchester Road, Huddersfield

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The latest phase of work to modernise the gas network in the Blackmoorfoot Road and Manchester Road area of Huddersfield is due to be completed seven days ahead of schedule.

The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £200k to upgrade the gas distribution network to get the network fit for a low carbon future and ensure that customers can continue to heat their homes and businesses, cook and get hot water for decades to come.

The project began on 11 November and work is progressing well. Work at the junction of Manchester Road and Blackmoorfoot Road was due to complete on 21 January but NGN engineers have completed their work a full week ahead of schedule. This section will now reopen on Monday 13 January and all temporary traffic management will be removed.

Phase two will take place between 27 January and 16 February. It will see works begin on Manchester Road, with engineers working towards the lights at the junction with Morley Lane and Cowlersley Lane.

Morley Lane will be closed at the junction, and three-way temporary lights will be introduced on Manchester Road and Cowlersley Lane.

From 3 February until 16 February, Mount Street will also be closed at the junction of Manchester Road.

During this time, traffic flow on the one-way street will be changed to two-way.

It’s expected that journey times will be increased because of the traffic management, so all motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel.

NGN’s Customer Care team will be on site throughout to provide updates to affected businesses and residents. Further updates will be provided throughout the scheme, posted on Facebook/northerngasnetworks and @NGNgas.

Chris Nevison, Business Operations Lead for Pennines, said: “After safety, minimising the impact of road works on our customers is our top priority.

“We have worked closely with Kirklees Council to plan this works. We would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this essential project.  We know that no one likes roadworks and our engineers have been working hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.  We’re really pleased that we are able to finish this latest stage of these essential works a week early.”

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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Update: Loss of supply in Osgodby and Barlby on 18 December 2019

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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has carried out investigations into the loss of supply to around 1,400 properties in the Osgodby and Barlby areas of Selby on 18 December 2019.

Engineers worked around the clock and supplies were restored to the network within 24 hours.

We can now confirm that the outage was a result of third-party damage to a nearby gas pipe which caused excess flows of gas in the network and forced the gas governor that supplies gas to properties in the area to shut down, a standard safety response.

We are pleased that on this occasion we were able to safely restore the gas supply to the network within 24 hours.  Although our regulator, Ofgem, doesn’t require us to pay compensation in this instance, we believe our customers should never be without gas so as gesture of goodwill we will be making a payment of £30 to every household affected and will be writing to customers that were directly impacted with more information.

At Northern Gas Networks we are constantly investing in our network to ensure that our customers can continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply, and heat their homes, cook their dinner and enjoy hot water for years to come.  NGN will be investing £100,000 to install an additional gas governor in the area, to further improve the resilience of the network for our customers in Osgodby and Barlby for decades to come.

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

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Essential upgrade to gas distribution network in Denby Dale Road, Wakefield

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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £300k to upgrade the gas distribution network in and around Denby Dale Road near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves replacing 80m 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.

Work at the site has now started and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

In order for the works to be completed safely and efficiently, is it necessary to introduce three-way temporary traffic signals on Denby Dale Road, between the junctions with Broadcut Lane and Hollin Lane.  The temporary signals will stay in place for approximately three weeks and will be manned between the hours of 7am and 7pm to help ease any traffic congestion. Your travel time may be affected, so please allow extra time for your journey.

All works have been planned in conjunction with Wakefield Council.

Russell Kaye, the Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Network, said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their patience while we complete these essential works. We are sorry for the inconvenience the works will cause.”

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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£700,000 essential gas upgrade work in Withernsea

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People in Withernsea are set to benefit from a £700,000 gas mains upgrade across the town.  Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributer for the North of England, has been busy replacing the ageing metal gas pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for many years to come.

The gas mains upgrade programme, which has been planned in close partnership with East Riding County Council and involves upgrading 7.1km of gas pipes in the area.  Work started on Waxholme Road last June and has progressed well, with around 5km of modern pipework already laid.

Engineers are now set to begin work on Queen Street on Monday 6 January, which is expected to last for approximately five weeks.

The work will be carried out in the footpath outside the shops and businesses on Queen Street. These shops and businesses will remain open as usual and alternative pedestrian walkways will be in place to ensure continued access.

Northern Gas Networks Customer Care Officers have been door knocking homes and businesses to make them aware of the work.

Gerry Hart, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks, said: “Gas plays an essential role in everyone’s daily lives and we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and there when you need it.

“We have closely planned the work with East Riding County Council to make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum and access will be maintained to all shops and businesses while we carry out   this stage of our essential work.

“This work will not only keep the gas supply flowing safely and reliably today, but it will ensure that the network is ready to deliver reliable and affordable green energy in future.”

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 in Aberford, Leeds

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £700,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network on Lotherton Lane in the Aberford area of Leeds.

The 16-week project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves work to strengthen the gas pipework, to help ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

Work will start on Monday 6 January on Lotherton Lane and will last for approximately 16 weeks.

Due to the complexity of the engineering works involved, and to ensure they can be carried out carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to introduce the following traffic management until the work is completed. The work will take place in two phases:

  • Lotherton Lane will be closed at the junction with Copley Lane. This closure will start on Monday 6 January, and will be in place for approximately nine weeks.
  • There will be a second road closure on Lotherton Lane to Copley Lane from Sunday 2 February and will be in place for approximately eight weeks.

A clear signposted diversion will be in place during the works, so that motorists can use an alternative route.

It is expected that these works may cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel while the road closures are in place.

The work has been carefully planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local residents and businesses to make

customers aware of the work, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place beforehand and during the project.

Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, on Twitter @NGNgas and on the NGN Facebook page @northerngasnetworks.

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

Scott Kitchingman, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We know that no one likes roadworks but this work is essential and will not only keep the gas supply flowing safely and reliably today, but it will ensure that the network is ready to deliver reliable and affordable green energy in future.

“We’d like to 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 upgrade to the gas distribution network at Dean Clough, Halifax

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £200,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network in the Dean Clough area of Halifax town centre.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area. It involves replacing around 500m of existing gas mains with new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe, reliable and continuous supply of gas to customers in Dean Clough for many years to come.

Work will begin on Monday 27 January 2020 and is due to last for approximately 10 weeks.

Due to the complexity of the engineering works involved, and to ensure the safety of our teams and members of the public during the project, it will be necessary to introduce the following traffic management whilst we complete this scheme.

  • Dean Clough will be closed where it meets the junction of North Bridge and Northgate, from Monday 27 January. While this closure is in place traffic will be diverted to enter Dean Clough from the Shroggs Road direction;
  • The works will then progress along Dean Clough, working towards Corporation Street. Once we are far enough from the junction of Northgate and Dean Clough, the road closure will be changed over to close the road at the junction with Corporation Street and traffic will be allowed to enter Dean Clough from the Northgate direction. This approach ensure access to parts of Dean Clough throughout the works.

Signage will be put up before the work begins, to inform road users of the traffic management arrangements above. A diversion around the works but giving access to parts of Dean Clough will be in place and clearly signposted.

It’s expected that journey times will be longer than usual, so all motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel.

The project has been carefully planned in partnership with Calderdale Council. NGN’s team will be on-site throughout to provide updates to affected businesses and residents.

Regular updates will be also provided throughout the works. They will be posted on the NGN website at northerngasnetworks.co.uk, on the NGN Facebook page @northerngasnetworks, and on Twitter @NGNgas.

Chris Nevison, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “After safety, minimising the impact of road works on our customers is our top priority.

“Dean Clough is near the centre of Halifax, and we do appreciate that works being carried out close to the town centre and near the one-way traffic system will have an impact on road users.

“However, this work to replace the metal pipework in the area will mean a safe and reliable supply of gas for businesses in the area for many years to come. Our team has worked closely with the local businesses to keep them well-informed, and to make sure we cause minimum disruption to day to day running.

“I would like to thank all our customers for their patience while we carry out this essential project and apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause as we look to complete them as safely and quickly as possible. We have worked closely with the local businesses to make sure we cause minimum disruption to day to day running.’’

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

Anyone who 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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