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Adjournment debate: gas network

The DUP's Alastair Ross brought the adjournment debate before the assembly.

The debate was on extending the natural gas network to the East Antrim constituency.

In response to the debate the enterprise minister Arlene Foster said a gas network to less populated areas of East Antrim is not viable economically at the moment.

However, Mrs Foster said that a feasibility study will soon provide an assessment of the potential for extending the natural gas network into parts of the north west.

The results of that study could have a knock-on effect on the potential for extending gas in other parts of the country, the minister said.

She also said that a gas storage facility in East Antrim would be a welcome future development, and provide a significant security of supply in the event of a failure of gas supply from Britain.

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