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Falkirk network failure sees thousands left without gas

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Gas supplies for residents in the Scottish town of Falkirk could be out of action for five days following a major network failure.

Gas network company SGN is working to restore supplies to around 8,000 properties in area after a fault developed in a piece of equipment that regulates pressure in the gas network.

It said it had visited 3,000 homes by the end of Sunday night to turn off supplies in affected properties and said it was making “significant progress this morning”.

Vulnerable members of the community will be provided with hotplates and heaters for those who haven’t yet got them.

Fourteen schools, nurseries and education facilities in the area were closed on Monday due to the issue.

SGN is drafting in extra engineers from across Scotland to help deal with the problem.

SGN spokesman Denis Kerby told BBC Radio Scotland: “The extreme in terms of getting everyone back on, we’ll be able to restore supplies in areas so we will introduce gas through the network and get people restored so we will start restoring as quickly as we can, that might be a couple of days, but in terms of getting everyone back on we’re looking at five days so it could be up to Friday, it could even creep into the weekend, that is really the worst-case scenario.”

In a statement, SGN said: “Thank you for your patience so far. We appreciate it’s not easy being without your gas supply in the cold weather and we’re doing all we can to get your gas back on as quickly as possible.

“It’s likely it will be several more days until everyone’s gas supplies are restored.

“In the meantime, we’re continuing to work closely with Falkirk Council and Police Scotland, as well as other local organisations, to support the community - prioritising those who are vulnerable to make sure they’re well looked after while they’re without gas.”

In June the IET warned that there are many risks and uncertainties associated with repurposing the existing gas network for hydrogen transport.

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