Listowel is to be connected to the natural gas network as part of a €20 million investment.
The Commission for Energy Regulation has approved plans by Gas Networks Ireland to connect the town to the existing network via a feeder main from Foynes in West Limerick.
The gas will be used as an energy supply to the Kerry Ingredients plant in Listowel initially but will be available to homes and businesses in the coming years.
According to Gas Networks Ireland, the Gas to Listowel project will take around two years to complete subject to securing statutory approvals and planning permissions.
The feeder main pipeline from Foynes to Listowel will be around 40 kilometres in length; construction is expected to start in March or April of next year and finish in January 2018.
The final layout of the Listowel town distribution network has yet to be determined; the construction period is expected to run from March to August 2018.
Works to lay the pipeline in the town are already underway on William Street. This coincides with Kerry County Council works involving the provision of a new road surface, water mains and enhanced storm water drainage.
Cathaoirleach of Listowel Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Thornton says homes and businesses in Listowel will be able to avail of natural gas.