Utility companies join forces for winter

Joining forces -  Michael McKinstry (Chief Executive, Phoenix), Ronan Larkin (Director, NI Water), Nicholas Tarrant (Managing Director, NIE Networks) and Mairead Meyer (Managing Director, BT).
Joining forces - Michael McKinstry (Chief Executive, Phoenix), Ronan Larkin (Director, NI Water), Nicholas Tarrant (Managing Director, NIE Networks) and Mairead Meyer (Managing Director, BT).

NI’s main utility companies join forces to battle ‘extreme weather’

BT, Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, NI Water and Phoenix Natural Gas have been working together regularly over a number of years to identify ways in which the companies could provide mutual support and aid during periods of severe weather or other unforeseen situations.

The companies have also issued a ‘cut out and keep’ list of useful contact details should utility services be disrupted due to severe weather. Experts believe that extreme weather across the UK and Ireland is becoming more commonplace and co-operation by utility companies will greatly benefit any response to an emergency situation.

Mairead Meyer, Chair of the Joint Utilities Working Group said: The combined breadth of expertise between our companies enables us to share knowledge and resources to further improve the vital services we deliver to the whole community, often in very severe weather conditions.”