Since 1996 local, national and international partnerships have delivered an investment of over £500 million into the Northern Ireland economy and the wider natural gas industry now provides employment to over 3,000 people. We continue to invest in infrastructure that currently has in excess of 200,000 domestic and business customers connected, and continues to grow at around 8,000 new customers each year.
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We were established in 1996 to bring natural gas to the Greater Belfast area of Northern Ireland, where there was previously no natural gas distribution network.
We are the owner and operator of the largest gas distribution business in Northern Ireland, covering an area that encapsulates almost half of the population of Northern Ireland, including Greater Belfast, Larne and a recent extension into East Down. Our gas distribution network currently comprises c.3,500 kilometers of intermediate, medium and low pressure mains, making gas available to c.319,000 potential properties of which, more than 200,000 are already connected. PNG is responsible for developing and maintaining the pipeline network and providing a 24/7 operational and transportation service platform to both gas suppliers and gas consumers.
As a natural monopoly, we operate under a regulatory framework similar to other United Kingdom regulated utilities and thereby, is subject to regular price control reviews. The business is regulated under licence by the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation.
A specialist provider of downstream services into the Northern Ireland energy market, Energy Services’ remit includes the provision of a 24/7 emergency response, maintenance and metering service to the Group’s distribution business within its licence area in Greater Belfast, Larne and East Down.
In addition, the company delivers a range of other services to energy users on a demand and contract basis.