Welwyn Garden City gas holders set to be dismantled

PUBLISHED: 09:18 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 03 January 2018

A gas holder in Tewin Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: National Grid.

A gas holder in Tewin Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: National Grid.

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National Grid is set to start dismantling two large gas holders in Welwyn Garden City at the end of January.

A gas holder in Tewin Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: National Grid. A gas holder in Tewin Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: National Grid.

The Tewin Road structures once played an essential role in making sure local homes had a reliable gas supply, but are now redundant as there is sufficient storage capacity for gas within the pipe network.

Bethan Short, National Grid Land regeneration advisor, said: “National Grid is committed to finding new ways of making better use of the assets and equipment it owns and operates.

“The old gasholders served the town well but we are now able to store gas in underground pipes and so no longer need the vast network of holders we once had.

“Local homes and businesses will still enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply, but we’re now able to dismantle the holders and clear the site ready for it to be reused. In some locations, former gas holder sites have formed a key part of major local regeneration plans.”

The holders were built in 1929 and previously operated by Welwyn and Hatfield Gas Co Ltd, but have not been used since 2010.

Bethan added: “Removing the holders will be a complex job, but we’ll use highly skilled engineers to carry out the work. We’ll keep local residents and businesses informed as our work progresses.”

For more information on the project, contact National Grid’s Community Relations Team on 0800 073 1047 between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, or 7am-1pm on Saturdays.

The work is expected to completed by spring this year.

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