11 October 2023
Statement from the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Deputy Helen Miles:
Ministers and officials have been informed by Island Energy that checks are continuing at the gas plant with the hope of restoring the gas supply from tomorrow.
Island Energy engineers are this evening (Wednesday) visiting all remaining medium-pressure customers to ensure the appropriate procedures are followed before the supply of gas can be restored. We expect an update from Island Energy tomorrow morning on their progress.
We understand that this is a very challenging and frustrating time for Islanders, and we continue to liaise with Island Energy to ensure the needs of businesses and the public are met.
Today, we are pleased to have been informed that they are putting welfare plans in place to support Islanders who require hot showers and heating, including liaising with two restaurants for a meal service and three gyms for showers. They will share details soon.
The work of Government to manage this situation continues.
The States of Jersey Police have offered to support engineers in their house-to-house visits, if required.
The States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service have begun safety messages for the public.
We have continued to share all Island Energy messages on government social media channels and have kept Islanders informed via the media.
We are ready to stand-up a government helpline to offer further support for vulnerable Islanders.
We have contingency plans in place to provide additional support for heating and hot water, should this be required.
Islanders are reminded to continue checking in with neighbours and family members who may be without hot water or heating.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work with Island Energy on their response to this situation.