Major Investment in Benfleet and Canvey Island’s gas mains network over the next two year

Cadent is investing over £3.4million in our gas network, in Benfleet and Canvey Island, over the next couple of years.  This investment will ensure the network is ready to carry low-carbon gas, like hydrogen, which is essential for the UK to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050.

By replacing 13km (over eight miles) of the old metallic pipes, with new more durable plastic pipes in the area, we will ensure a safe and reliable gas supply for the future.

The new durable plastic pipes are expected to last over eighty years and will help reduce the amount of unplanned work to repair ageing gas pipes in the future, if left undisturbed.

What are we doing?

We need to replace 13 km, that’s over eight miles of gas pipes, in the two areas over the next two years, starting from February 2023.

We will be completing the work in phases, smaller sections at a time, to enable us to reduce the disruption to road users and the communities.

Residents will be kept informed of the different phases, traffic management and if their gas supply will be temporarily impacted at the beginning of each phase. We will also be lettering/leafleting residents along the effected roads to ensure they are informed before any work starts.

We are pleased to be working closely with local Essex County Councillors to help us look at the needs of the community.

During the course of the work, where possible, we will endeavour to remove the individual gas regulator (the green garden box) feeding each property.

We are sorry for the disruption this may cause.  Please be assured any excavations we make will be reinstated on a like for like basis once our engineering work is complete. Any reinstatement is also guaranteed for a period of two years.

What to do if you smell gas

If you ever smell gas, it’s important to act fast and call the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999*. 
Please do not delay, or assume it is related to nearby works. It may not be and needs to be checked. That number is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

*All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

Contact us

For support or further information, please call us:

   0345 835 1111