Cadent invests £3.5m to upgrade old metallic mains, some of which have been transporting gas since the 1940s, in Cheshire.
The work is to be carried out at Winford, where more than 87 per cent of its 13,000 homes use gas for central heating.
27,000 metres of underground pipes will be replaced over the next 12 months, proofing the local network to safely carry gas in the future.
These underground pipes are reaching the end of their safe working lives and have been identified for replacement as part of a UK-wide programme.
“This is vital work, future-proofing our gas mains so customers in Winsford can receive safe and reliable supplies, for heating their homes and cooking meals,” said Richard Cook, Construction Services North West Manager at Cadent.
“It’s taken months of planning, and ongoing close collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, to agree the best time to carry out each stage and how best to safely manage pedestrians and traffic passing our work areas.
North West England is the focus of big plans to use hydrogen to help heat homes, and Cheshire is already home to several sites which produce biogases from waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Transforming the local network ensures Winsford can deliver these gases.