ASSET management company Jemena has announced plans to upgrade its gas networks in North Ryde, Botany and Randwick – all in New South Wales.

The company will install a new primary regulation station (PRS) in North Ryde, which it says will help maintain the reliability of gas supply to homes and businesses in the area and to cater for the growth in demand for natural gas.

Driven by new high and medium density developments in the Ku-ring-gai local government area and other housing developments in nearby Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Riverstone, the upgrades are part of a broader series of improvements across NSW, Jemena executive general manger of networks and pipelines Alf Rapisarda said.

“The investment is aimed at ensuring more homes and businesses can enjoy the benefits of natural gas, at ensuring the reliability and integrity of gas supply to homes and businesses and at meeting the growing demand for natural gas as customer numbers grow each year,” he said.

Work on the new PRS started in September and is due to be completed by March 2015.

The company also plans to rehabilitate 6.6 kilometres of gas distribution mains in the Botany and Randwick municipalities – inserting high-density nylon piping into existing gas mains.

“This rehabilitation method reduces the need to dig trenches in the street, which minimises safety and environmental risks that can arise when working in the vicinity of busy roads and utility infrastructure,” Jemena said.

Mr Rapisarda said the rehabilitation activities, which were also due to start in September, would minimise the likelihood of gas leaks or a loss of gas, which sometimes happens when older cast-iron pipes become rusted or crack.

The project is due to be completed in February 2015.