FIRST GAS SERVICE TAKING SHAPE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Northern Ireland is poised to have its first natural gas service. British Gas plc (BG) plans to buy the Ballylumford power station, a 1.08 million kw heavy fuel oil fired plant about 30 miles from Belfast near Larne, and convert it to bum natural gas, probably in 1997. No pipeline construction plans were disclosed. BG will pay 132.4 million for the plant. George Langshaw, managing director of BG's global gas unit, expects Ballylumford to be the first power station to use natural gas in

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