Firmus energy has announced gas tariffs in the Ten Towns Network area will increase by 35% from 1 October. It says this reflects the increase in gas commodity prices which, it says, have risen by 170% since April 2021.
The Consumer Council says the news will affect approximately 55,000 domestic customers. It means the yearly gas bill of a typical household with a credit meter will rise by about £182 per year.
The Ten Towns Network area includes Antrim, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Coleraine, Craigavon , Limavady, Londonderry and Newry,
A spokesperson for Firmus gas said:
“We are very sorry to have to make this announcement as the last thing we want is to have to increase our prices.”
“However, given the massive increases in the cost of purchasing natural gas on the global markets, it is simply unavoidable, as these costs are totally beyond our control.
“We want to assure our customers that we will continue to monitor and review our tariffs to ensure customers are getting the best prices possible. As soon as we can lower our prices again, we will do so without delay.”