ESB is planning to enter the gas market in Northern Ireland, it has been reported.
The Belfast Telegraph said that the energy supplier, which owns Northern Ireland Electricity, intends to roll out a gas and electricity package to businesses.
Such a 'dual fuel' service will be available subject to approval by the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator, which is required to provide a gas supply licence.
Brian Montayne, head of corporate communications at ESB, told the local newspaper: "These packages are already offered to business customers in the Republic and have been for the last 12 months. In the longer term, these will then be offered to the major small to medium-sized enterprises also.
"No decision has been made on whether to eventually expand these packages into the domestic market."
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