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NI oil heating focus continues

Heating systems that use oil are on the increase in Northern Ireland, with a major Housing Executive scheme complete.

Some 61 households in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, now have highly efficient oil central heating after the housing authority installed it using the contractors PK Murphy Construction and H & A Mechanical Services.

It comes after works last month to install 29 oil central heating systems in the Fearons Terrace and Lurganare areas of Newry, Co Down.

Northern Ireland has the biggest proportion of oil-based central heating in the UK, with about two-thirds of homes making use of the technology.

As the Omagh works finished, housing executive district manager Ivan Armstrong said: “This is a major boost for tenants living in the Omagh area.

“The work was carried out as part of our programme to upgrade our homes so that they continue to meet modern day standards. We have replaced defective windows in 44 homes in Lammy at a cost of just over £100,000 and have installed oil heating in 61 homes in various locations Strule Park, O’Kane Park, Centenary Park and Shandon Park.

“Our contractors, PK Murphy Construction and H & A Mechanical Services, have extensive experience in carrying out work of this nature in tenants’ homes, liaising with individual residents and ourselves to achieve the high standards set and expected.”