Phoenix was established in 1996 to bring natural gas to Northern Ireland, where there was previously no natural gas distribution network. Since 1996 local, national and international partnerships have delivered an investment of over £510 million into the Northern Ireland economy and the wider natural gas industry now provides employment to over 3,000 people. Phoenix continues to invest in infrastructure that currently has around 170,000 domestic and business customers connected, and continues to grow at around 8,000 new customers each year.
Phoenix Natural Gas is the largest gas distribution business in Northern Ireland, being the owner and operator of the licence for the distribution network in the Greater Belfast Area and Larne. The distribution business is responsible for the development of the pipeline network and also for providing a 24/7 operational and transportation service platform to gas suppliers under the rules of the company’s network code.
The Phoenix network currently extends to 3,000 kilometres of intermediate, medium and low pressure mains, which distribute natural gas throughout the licence area, representing around 50% of the population of Northern Ireland. Phoenix Natural Gas manages the development of the both the physical network and market in Greater Belfast; already some 170,000 customers have been connected to natural gas in the 17 years it has been available to them. The business is regulated under licence by the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR).
A specialist provider of downstream services into the Northern Ireland energy market, Energy Services’ remit includes the provision of a 24/7 emergency response, maintenance and metering service to the Group’s distribution business within its licence area in Greater Belfast and Larne.
In addition, the company delivers a range of other services to energy users on a demand and contract basis.