Pipelines are to be upgraded in the Barrow and the South Lakes region of the UK as part of a £50 million (€58 million) programme.
The north-west gas management company Cadent announced the upgrading work that will cover 485 km of pipelines.
The focus of the operation is the introduction of greener gases and help the UK reach its net zero carbon emissions target.
Every year, Cadent replaces around 300 to 350 miles of its 21,000-mile north-west underground pipe distribution system. These are mostly ageing metallic mains nearing the natural end of their safe operating lives.
Barrow will see 8.3 km of pipe upgrades, and the South Lakes area will see 5 km replaced.
Craig Horrocks, head of Cadent’s gas mains upgrade work in the region, said: "More than 80% of homes in the north-west rely on gas for central heating and it’s our job to make sure they get it, safely and reliably, every minute of every day of the year.
“We’re also excited by the arrival soon of hydrogen to our networks, a zero-carbon gas at point of use, as well as low-carbon biomethane, a gas made from waste. Both are essential to the UK reaching its goal to have net zero carbon emissions.
“As our older stock reaches the end of its safe working life, we must replace it. In most cases we’re able to insert the new pipe into the old one, a technique that reduces the time of each project and means we don’t have to dig as many excavations.”
In total 485 km of pipe line will be upgraded in 35 areas across the north-west of England by Cadent in 2021.
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