Final media statement 3 - Explosion Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside

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National Grid Gas Distribution emergency engineers were called to a report of an explosion on Boundary Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside on Saturday  evening. (25th March 2017 at 21:15)


Our gas emergency engineers will remain on site until 11pm this evening, after completing the isolation of the gas network in the area of the damaged buildings.


The police are now investigating the cause of the explosion and have declared the affected property a scene of crime.


We have checked the local gas pipe network in the area and no faults have been found. 


Our gas emergency engineers will return tomorrow morning to assist the police with their investigation.    Once the work requested by the police is completed, we will leave the site.  The police will be investigating the cause of this incident.


The gas supply to up to 30 properties have been isolated as a safety precaution only, due to the damage to these properties.


If you smell gas, call immediately the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999* 


Our thoughts are with the injured and we wish them a prompt recovery.

* all calls are recorded and may be monitored.

This press release relates to Cadent work.  It does not have Cadent branding on it, due to this press release being published prior to 1st May 2017, when this gas distribution business was part of National Grid’s group of businesses.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

Cadent manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999*

Cadent Gas Ltd is owned by a consortium of global investors.

*All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

Media contacts

Kevin Hegarty

07970 694897