Slugged: with $15,000 gas bill

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Wesley CrittleWesley Crittlehas built his new home but he can’t move in –because he has to pay$15,000 to get a gas meter.
Nanjing Night Net

But gas wholesaler Jemena said it will now review the situation.

For the last few months, the 76-year-old has been living in a single room at the back of his Thirroul antiques business, which has aview of his newhouse out the window.

Mr Crittle applied for a gas meter in February but heard nothing back for months.

In the interim he put in gas hot water, heating and cooking –and laid a pipe for the gas all the way to the street.

In June he found out the cost for his gas meter would be a massive $14,994. That’s far above what he claimed was the average cost of around $150.

A representative fromgas wholesaler Jemena –responsible for gas infrastructure –told him they had to lay new pipe from across the road to connect his house.

This was despite a gas line running to his neighbour’s house.

A complaint met with the response that, if he could find four more customers, the price for the gas meter could be reduced.

“Had I found this when I first made the application inFebruary, Iwouldn’thave gone ahead andhad all the gas fittings put in my house- I would have just gone with electric,” Mr Crittle said.

Mr Crittle said he wasin a bind –he can’t afford the $15,000 gas meter, but he can’t move in without it.

“Now I’ve spentall this money, it’s all fitted and thegas pipes are all in place – it was an expensive job,” he said.

“I’m in the position whereI eitherpay the money or I don’t have heating, hot water or cooking. Or I get it ripped out and all changed over to electric.”

A spokeswoman from Jemena apologised for the delay in assessing Mr Crittle’s application –which he filed in February.

Stuck living in a single room in his Thirroul business, senior citizen Wesley Crittle can’t move into his new house behind it because his has to pay $15,000 to get a gas meter installed. Picture: Robert Peet

She said issueslike local terrain and impact on existing infrastructure can affect the cost of meter installation.

“In Mr Crittle’s case, our assessment found we have to extend the gas main from across the road and this involves the closure of the road, and night works,” the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said connection to theneighbouring property’s gas line wasn’t considered feasible in the initial assessment.

“We are reviewing this assessment and will contact Mr Crittle to discuss whether this is a viable option,” she said.

When installing a new gas line, it wasn’t unusual to look for multiple customers to spread out the cost.

“In this instance, as no other neighbours will be serviced by this mains extension, the bulk of the costs would havetobe incurred by Mr Crittle,” she said.

Illawarra Mercury

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