• SGN Press release


    We joined forces to help Northern Gas Networks get the gas back on in Sildsen

    4 April 2018

    Engineers from our depots in Scotland and the south east of England offered their help to fellow gas distribution company Northern Gas Networks during the Easter weekend, after a third party damaged one of its gas mains in Silsden.

    The damaged main left around 3,500 customers in the West Yorkshire town without gas, and it was a significant task for Northern Gas Networks to get supplies back up and running over the holiday weekend.

    When Glenn Norman, our Director of Operations (South), received the call asking for help, he immediately began to pull a workforce of volunteers together. Glenn commented:

    “I got a call on Friday [30 March] asking for mutual aid support, alongside the other gas distribution networks. We were more than happy to help out and send our own engineers to support Northern Gas Networks in restoring supplies. 

    “We had a great response from volunteers willing to help and in total we sent 11 FCOs from Scotland and the south of England, as well as a team manager.”


    GDNS working together
    SGN Team Manager Dekland Gosden (front right) pictured with the different GDNs who worked together in Silsden


    Team Manager Dekland Gosden travelled from our Solent depot on the south coast to help out and was impressed by the team spirit shown by everyone on site from all the different utilities.

    He said: “We all do the same job, and it was great to see how everyone came together and worked outstandingly well to get the gas flowing again. I was really impressed.”


    GDN vans


    After outstanding efforts from Northern Gas Networks, supported by the UK’s other gas networks, gas supplies to all properties were restored on Monday evening. More information about this incident can be found on Northern Gas Networks’ website.