By Daniel Hunter

A vital gas pipeline providing energy security to thousands of households in North Wales is to be replaced.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry has today given approval for Wales and West Utilities to construct a 22 kilometre gas pipeline from Llanwrin in Powys to Dolgellau in Gwynedd, north Wales.

The pipeline will replace an existing pipeline which has reached the end of its life.

“The new pipeline will mean that thousands of residents in Gwynedd and Powys in north Wales will have a safe and secure supply of gas," Charles Hendry said.

"Natural gas is the main source of heat for most households and so it is critical we have a modern network that provides supply on demand.

“In approving this pipeline I have made sure the plans meet stringent and comprehensive environmental standards.”

The new buried steel pipeline will roughly follow the route of the existing pipeline, with a deviation at Corris approximately 11kms (7 miles) to the north of Llanwrin.

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