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Wales & West Utilities appoints Decarbonisation Development Manager

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Wales & West Utilities has appointed industry expert Keith Warburton as Decarbonisation Development Manager. Keith, who has over thirty years of experience in the gas and nuclear industries, will lead Wales & West Utilities work on green gas, and be part of their Energy Strategy team, working to meet the UK Government’s 2050 Net Zero carbon emissions target. Keith, 55 and from Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, has significant management and technical experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects and has previously held roles within National Grid, Northern Gas Networks. Scottish & Southern Energy and, more recently, Lagoni Engineering Ltd. A member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and former Director of The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG), Keith will work alongside industry, academia, stakeholders and customers to deliver a Net Zero ready, low cost gas network across Wales and south west England. Speaking about his appointment, Keith said: “I am excited to be joining Wales & West Utilities at a time of rapid change in the energy industry. “We must make sure that the energy system of the future delivers what customers want and need: energy that is affordable, secure and green, while minimising disruption to homes and communities. “So, I’ll be focussing on increasing the number of green gas connections to our network, supporting the safe transition to hydrogen, and advocating the uptake of smart hybrid heating systems. “Together, green gas, hydrogen and smart hybrid systems will support the decarbonisation of heat, power and transport, helping us meet Net Zero by 2050.” Wales & West is working hard to design the future of energy. The company has already connected enough green gas to heat over 120,000 homes – with more in the pipeline. Meanwhile, flexible power stations connected to Wales & West Utilities gas network keep the lights on for more than 3m homes, supporting renewable energy. You can find out more about Wales & West Utilities future of energy work at www.wwutilities.co.uk/futureofenergy

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Truro gas works complete on time

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Wales & West Utilities has completed a £172,000 project to upgrade gas pipes in Truro, on time. The scheme, which started in July, was essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area so that people are safe and warm for generations to come. The scheme initially involved working within the grounds of Permount Crematorium, before engineers moved to Newquay Road to upgrade gas pipes along the route. Wales & West Utilities Roxanne Whittaker managed the work and said: “We’re delighted to have finished this upgrade project on time and want to thank everyone who lives, works and travels along Newquay Road for bearing with us while we did this essential work. “We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential. “This work will not only keep the gas flowing safely and reliably today, it will also help make sure the gas network is fit for the future and can play its part in delivering reliable and affordable green energy.” To plan the work Wales & West Utilities worked closely with Cornwall Council. Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across Wales and the south west of England that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. Our team is also working on a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

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Gas works to begin in Plymouth

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Wales & West Utilities is set to start £424,000 project to upgrade the gas network in the Shakespeare Road area of Plymouth. The work, to upgrade over 2 kilometres of gas pipes, begins on 4 November and will make sure the gas is kept flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area. Barring any engineering difficulties, the work is expected to be complete in mid-February. To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Plymouth Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum. It has been agreed that to keep the local community, road users and engineers safe whilst the scheme is ongoing, traffic management plans will be in place. These will be signposted in advance, giving motorists time to make alternative plans. Wales & West Utilities Roxanne Whittaker is managing the work and said: “While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Plymouth. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it. “We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum. “This work will not only keep the gas flowing safely and reliably today, it will also help make sure the gas network is fit for the future and can play its part in delivering reliable and affordable green energy.” Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999 or enquiries@wwwutilities.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities. Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across Wales and the south west of England that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. Our team is also working on a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

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Highworth to benefit from gas investment scheme

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Wales & West Utilities is to begin a project to lay new gas pipes in the Shrivenham Road area of Highworth. The £75,000 work, which will begin next week (4 November), is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area so that people are safe and warm for generations to come. Barring any engineering difficulties, the work is expected to be complete by the end of the month. To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Swindon Borough Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum. It has been agreed that to keep the local community, road users and engineers safe during the work, traffic management will be in place. This includes two-way traffic lights on Shrivenham Road throughout the project and motorists are advised to allow extra time to travel. Wales & West Utilities Steve Davies is managing the work and said: “While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across the area. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it. “We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum. “This work will not only keep the gas flowing safely and reliably today, it will also help make sure the gas network is fit for the future and can play its part in delivering reliable and affordable green energy.” Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999 or enquiries@wwwutilities.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities. Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across Wales and the south west of England that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. Our team is also working on a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

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