£7.7m invested in Exeter's gas network last year

£7.7m invested in Exeter's gas network last year

Wales & West Utilities invested more than £7.7 million to upgrade the gas network across Exeter and the surrounding area last year.

The work has involved upgrading over 56km of old metal pipes to new long-lasting plastic pipes and upgrading more than 4,500 individual service pipes that supply homes and businesses.

Dominic Tester, Wales & West Utilities programme controller for the area, said: "My team are working hard to upgrade old metal gas pipes to new plastic ones across Exeter and the surrounding area - essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area and keep local families safe and warm for generations to come."

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being replaced with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.


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Work to dismantle the two gasholders on the National Grid site in Welwyn will get underway later this month (January).

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Gas distributor Wales and West Utilities (WWU) is working with Network Rail to divert gas pipes disrupted by rail works as tracks between Swindon and Swansea are electrified in a £2.8 billion rail modernisation programme.

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Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has recruited 200 per cent more apprentices than it did in 2013 as it delivers on its commitment to invest in young people and attract them to the gas industry.


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