Since the establishment of Bord Gáis under the 1976 Gas Act, following the discovery of natural gas off the south coast of Ireland, the company has transformed from a gas transmission company to a leading dual-fuel energy provider, transporting natural gas to serve c. 640,000 gas users in 152 population centres in Ireland and also supply over 300,000 electricity customers.
Natural gas was first brought ashore to Ireland in 1976. Since then it has revolutionised energy usage in our country. It is the most environmentally friendly of all fossil fuels and requires no refining and minimal processing before use. Bord Gáis owns and operates 13,150km of gas pipelines, including two sub-sea interconnectors with Scotland from where Ireland gets over 93% of its gas supplies. Bord Gáis is not involved in the exploration or production of natural gas but transports natural gas to each gas user, regardless of their supplier. Further information on natural gas, it's composition, uses, supplies and environmental benefits are available through the links opposite.
Suppliers and shippers in the Irish gas market purchase the supplies of natural gas for their customers on the wholesale market and use the Bord Gáis network to get supplies to their customers. Visit the Natural Gas Market section for further information on how suppliers purchase natural gas for their customers.