Fulcrum connects £4m gas pipeline to Devon factory

Fulcrum has designed and installed a 12-kilometre pipeline which connects Premier Foods' Lifton-based factory to the natural gas network.

Fulcrum connects £4m gas pipeline to Devon factory

Premier Foods’ factory in Devon now has a continuous gas supply after it teamed up with Fulcrum, the UK’s leading independent multi-utility infrastructure and services provider, to deliver the significant utility connection.

The £4m contract will be funded over a five-year period.

According to the company, the new infrastructure installation has the potential to benefit the local Devonshire community, as residents in the vicinity of the new gas pipeline will now have the option to connect to the gas network for the first time.

The project was completed by a dedicated team of project managers and engineers, which utilised specialist equipment to overcome challenging terrain including successfully crossing the River Tamar. Following the installation, Fulcrum will continue to own and operate the pipeline, as part of its UK-wide utility asset portfolio. 

Martin Harrison, chief executive of Fulcrum, said: “The ability to bring continuous gas supplies to rural locations like Lifton can have a positive effect on reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of large manufacturing operations. Working with Premier Foods builds on our experience in delivering timely and efficient gas pipeline projects to the food industry, while also helping to expand the gas network for the benefit of the local community.”

Steve Pretty, factory general Manager of the Ambrosia Creamery, said: “This is a major step forward for the site and the local community. Not only do we now have a cleaner and more sustainable energy source which is reducing our carbon footprint, but local residents also have the opportunity of now switching to gas if they wish to.”


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