Moy company Mackle Petfoods first to connect to new gas line

Pictured at the official switch on are John Mackle, Managing Director, Mackle Petfoods;  Michael Scott, Managing Director, Eric Cosgrove, Director of Engineering, firmus energy and Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator.
Pictured at the official switch on are John Mackle, Managing Director, Mackle Petfoods; Michael Scott, Managing Director, Eric Cosgrove, Director of Engineering, firmus energy and Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator.

Firmus energy has announced its first customer in a £2 million investment to bring natural gas to Co Tyrone with the connection of Mackle Petfoods in Moy.

The landmark connection followed the approval of a licence extension by the Utility Regulator last year.

We believe in putting the best into our pet foods and that includes being responsible about the environment

John Mackle

This has allowed firmus to bring a choice of fuel and the benefits of natural gas to around 1500 homes and businesses in Moy, Benburb, Blackwatertown, Loughgall and Charlemont areas.

Mackle Petfood managing director John Mackle said: “We were keen to change to natural gas as we recognised that it would be a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to power our operations.

“We believe in putting the best into our pet foods and that includes being responsible about the environment. Greener fuel is very important to us and by switching to natural gas, we will be able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and cut emissions by approximately 800 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking around 270 family cars off the road.”

firmus energy’s network already brings natural gas to more than 30 towns and cities across Northern Ireland and, to date, around 28,000 customers in the new gas towns are already enjoying the advantages that it provides. In addition, the company has a further 50,000 customers in the greater Belfast area.

Jenny Pyper, Utility Regulator chief executive said: “We welcome firmus energy’s extension to Moy and the benefits that natural gas will bring to businesses, including Mackle Petfoods, and households in the local area.

She added: “Since the beginning of last year alone we have approved £62m of investment to extend the natural gas network.”