30/01/2015

Plans To Develop Gas Supply In North West

It has been reported that Firmus Energy is to work with the Utility Regulator to reach a deal on economically viable proposal for the Ballykelly and Greysteel areas.

John Dallat, SDLP East Derry Assembly Member, has expressed his support for plans to develop the gas supply in the north west of Northern Ireland.

He commented: "This is the first step in a process that I have been campaigning for a long time. At present, Ballykelly and Greysteel lie outside Firmus Energy's existing development plan so to see them included in future development is very promising.

"Ballykelly includes the former army barracks where there had been high expectations that it would attract a large number of potential inward investors.

"Sadly in the current financial year only one US-based company visited the site. This lack of interest is a clear indication that much more needs to be done to maximise the potential for this 700 acre site and prevent it from deteriorating into a wilderness."

Mr Dallat also called for an economic task force to be established to identify what needs to be done to create more jobs in the area.

(JP)

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