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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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Upgrade to gas distribution network at Manchester Road, Huddersfield

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £200k to upgrade the gas distribution network in the Manchester Road area of Huddersfield. The project began on 11th of November and is due to continue at the locations below from 6th January 2019.

To ensure the safety of NGN teams and members of the public during the project, it will be necessary to introduce the following traffic management.

From 6th January until 21st January, works will take place on Manchester Road from the junction of Blackmoorfoot Road up to Milnsbridge. The slip road taking motorists left on to Manchester Road and across to Birkhouse Lane will be closed during this time.

Three-way temporary traffic lights will also be placed on Manchester Road and Blackmoorfoot Road while the work is carried out.

To complete this section of work, the outbound lane of Blackmoorfoot Road will be suspended at the junction.

The filter light allowing motorists to access Blackmoorfoot Road from Manchester Road will also be suspended at this time.

Phase two will take place between 27th January and 16th 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 3rd February until 16th 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, 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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Essential upgrade to the gas distribution network at Elland Bridge, Halifax

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The North of England’s gas distributor, 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 will begin on Monday 6 January and will take place in West Vale and on Halifax Road.

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 will last for six weeks and are due to be completed by the end of the week beginning Monday 17 February 2020. On Halifax Road, the works will take approximately 10 weeks, and will be undertaken in two overlapping phases.

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 while we work to complete both these projects.

Halifax Road

  • From 6 January to 2 February, there will be two-way temporary traffic lights in place on Park Road, at the junction with Exley Lane. The traffic lights will be manned Monday to Sunday to help maintain a good flow of traffic, and
  • From 19 January to 15 March, Halifax Road will be closed in one direction only. This will affect the stretch of Halifax Road between Park Road and Elland Bridge towards the A629 Calderdale Way. Traffic will only be able to flow in a westerly direction, towards Calderdale Way. The other lane in the opposite direction will be closed.

West Vale

Works will start at the four-way junction of Stainland Road and Saddleworth Road. They will then progress down Stainland Road finishing at the junction with Queen Street.

  • From Monday 6 January, the current four-way traffic lights at the junction of Stainland Road and Saddleworth Road by the Co-op supermarket will be replaced by four-way temporary traffic lights. These will be in place for the duration of the work.
  • Middle Dean Street and Queen Street in West Vale will be closed at their junctions with Stainland Road from Monday 20 January until the works are completed. A fully-signed diversion will be in place throughout this time to provide motorists with an alternative route.

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.

The works have been planned in close partnership with Calderdale Council, and the NGN will be on-site throughout the 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. We 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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New road surface for Skiddaw Street as part of upgrade to Keswick’s gas distribution network

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £370,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network in Keswick.

The 20-week project, which began in September, is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers for years to come.

It involves replacing around 2km of existing metal gas main with new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the safe, reliable and continuous supply of gas to customers in Keswick for years to come.

The project is registered as a Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS) site, which sees NGN’s Customer Care team visit local schools and organisations to explore ways of making a difference to the lives of people living where engineers are working.

As part of the CCS work to minimise inconvenience and disruption for residents during the works, a meeting was held between NGN and Cumbria County Council, to explore whether resurfacing in Skiddaw Street could be carried out at the same time as the ongoing gas works.

The collaboration was agreed by both parties, and work to resurface Skiddaw Street will now be carried out on Monday, 9 December.

Skiddaw Street will be closed to traffic during this time, and motorists are advised to find alternative parking while the work is taking place.

Jeff Oliver, Reinstatement Officer for NGN, said: “We’re delighted that the council has approved this collaborative work to be carried out at the same time as our gas mains replacement scheme.

“Along with safety, reducing the impact of roadworks on customers is one of our top priorities at NGN, and by working with the council on Skiddaw Street, we’re very happy to be minimising future disruption for our customers here.”

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the work.

On-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place.

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

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 Corbridge, Northumberland

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will soon be carrying out essential works to improve the gas distribution network in Corbridge, near Hexham in Northumberland.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves laying more than 750m of additional, brand-new durable plastic gas mains. This investment of close to £150k in the upgrading of the network will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The works have been carefully planned in conjunction with Northumberland County Council and Corbridge Parish Council, in order to minimise any disruption to local customers and commuters.

Work will begin in Front Street on Monday 6th January 2020. In order for the works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to implement a road closure on Front Street, at the junction with the B6321. The closure will last for up to five weeks. Residents are kindly asked to park elsewhere during this time, as access will be by foot only.

It is expected that these works will cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel while the road closure is in place, and to use alternative routes if possible.

A community drop-in session is being held at Corbridge Middle School, Cow Lane, on Monday 9th December 2019 from 3:30pm until 6:30pm. Members of the public are invited to come along to meet the team and to ask any questions that they may have. Further sessions will be arranged for the new year.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers will be door-knocking local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the project, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place. Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter @NGNgas and Facebook @northerngasnetworks.

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

Andrew Rodda, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We have been working closely with Northumbria County Council and Corbridge Parish Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter and 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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£6.8 million awarded to H21 for second phase of hydrogen network research

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H21, the UK gas industry programme focused on converting the network to carry 100% hydrogen, has been awarded a further £6.8 million in Ofgem innovation funding to support a second phase of research and development, part of which will involve testing operational and maintenance procedures on the gas network.

The collaborative industry project is establishing the critical safety evidence to prove a hydrogen network is a viable alternative to the natural gas network heating UK homes and businesses today.

Led by Northern Gas Networks, in collaboration with Cadent, Wales & West Utilities, SGN and new project partners National Grid Gas Transmission, H21’s second stage will begin in January 2020.

It marks a significant step towards securing a decarbonised heating solution, following the Government’s 2050 net zero pledge.

Leeds Beckett University also joins the consortium for Phase Two, alongside DNV GL and HSE Bespoke Research and Consultancy..

A further £750k has been contributed by the partners, creating a total project pot of £7.5million with which to further develop the evidence base.

H21 Phase One received £9 million from Ofgem in 2017, and focused on leakage testing of assets and consequence testing of different leakage scenarios.

This took place at a purpose-built facility at the HSE Science and Research Centre in Buxton,, and on specialist rigs at DNV GL’s base in Spadeadam, Cumbria.

This stage will complete in January, with a full report delivered in Summer 2020.

Phase Two will involve simulating network operations on a specially constructed network, at DNV GL’s base in Spadeadam, continuing to use the site deployed for Phase One of H21.

Additionally, network research trials on an unoccupied test site will be undertaken, to demonstrate operational and maintenance procedures – an essential prerequisite to live trials.

A combined qualitative risk assessment will bring together findings from the network testing and that of the government’s £25 million Hy4Heat programme, currently exploring hydrogen’s use in buildings and appliances.

Phase Two will also build upon customer research carried out in H21 Phase One, working with social science teams from Leeds Beckett University to further understand public perceptions of hydrogen, while developing resources to enable consumers to make informed choices on their future energy.

Mark Horsley, CEO for Northern Gas Networks, said: “The research being carried out under the H21 NIC is essential for enabling the UK to move towards a greener future.

“We’re delighted that our regulator recognises the importance of the evidence being delivered, and to be undertaking phase two of this ground-breaking project on behalf of the industry.

“We firmly believe repurposing the network to carry 100% hydrogen would represent a huge step forward towards meeting the UK’s sustainability targets, as well as having a crucial role to play in satisfying customer expectations for a cost-effective and minimal impact transition to lower carbon energy.

“Our research, along with Government data exploring the use of hydrogen in buildings and appliances, will not only enable policymakers to progress a policy decision on hydrogen, but will also bring customers along on the journey. Their understanding is absolutely central to acceptance of this technology.”

Phil Sheppard, Director of Gas Transmission, National Grid:

“The second phase of H21 represents a major step forward in realising a decarbonised gas future.

“National Grid Gas Transmission are pleased to be joining our distribution colleagues in the consortium.”

For more information about H21 please visit www.h21.green

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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