Published: 24/07/2014 10:41 - Updated: 24/07/2014 10:58

Discussions over gas supply to Speyside

THE introduction of a wider gas supply to Speyside will be discussed today.

More people on Speyside could soon be cooking with gas.
More people on Speyside could soon be cooking with gas.

Moray’s Parliamentarians Richard Lochhead MSP and Angus Robertson MP are due to meet OFGEM executives Charles Gallacher and James Veaney.

The prospect of getting gas to a wider area of Speyside has been raised following the installation of a major gas supply to several Speyside distilleries.

Further work to enable connections to the wider community needs to see support from the energy regulator and the local MSP and MP are working with the wider public sector and whisky industry to find a way forward.

The meeting is due to take place in the Scottish Parliament.

Work to develop gas connections in Speyside is being supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Moray Council and the whisky companies who invested in the new pipeline.

Mr Lochhead said: “With a major gas pipeline now going into the heart of rural Speyside we need to push every angle to get it opened up for connections to the wider community. The work done by the whisky sector has opened up a real opportunity here and we want OFGEM to get firmly on board with that opportunity.”

And Mr Robertson added: “The economic test that OFGEM applies for developing new gas connectivity is weighted in favour of more densely populated urban areas but with this new pipeline reaching right into Speyside I will be asking OFGEM what they will do to maximise the benefits from the gas infrastructure for our rural communities.”

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