Gas emergency and pipeline service, Wales & West Utilities, has marked the start of construction on its new Redruth base.

The company has broken ground and started work on the £2 million, 4700m2 site at Cornwall Business Park West. The work to build the base is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2021.

Wales & West Utilities employs 80 colleagues in Cornwall who work to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably to homes and businesses across the county. The new base will include storage space and office accommodation, and become home for many of the company’s Cornwall employees.

The engineers that work out of this base will help keep the gas flowing safely to homes and businesses right across Cornwall. And it will support our work to upgrade the gas network to transport green gases like biomethane and hydrogen in the future, to help the UK reduce carbon emissions and get to Net Zero in an affordable and sustainable way.

As the construction industry starts up again, we’re pleased to be investing in Redruth, and are delighted to have marked the beginning of this project with the time honoured groundbreaking ceremony.

Keith Nash, Wales & West Utilities Operational Manager for Redruth

Wales & West Utilities is modernising its bases across south west England, and the new base in Redruth will support the company’s commitment to invest £400m between 2021 and 2026 to upgrade the gas network in Wales and south west England, to keep the gas flowing safely today, and make sure it’s Net Zero Ready by 2035.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.