New €3m smokeless fuel plant opens in Wexford

Stafford Fuels facility in New Ross will develop new fuel that reduces air emissions

Stafford Fuels’ new  high-specification plant will produce 50,000 tonnes of high-heat smokeless fuel each year. Photograph: Getty Images

Stafford Fuels’ new high-specification plant will produce 50,000 tonnes of high-heat smokeless fuel each year. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Stafford Fuels has officially opened its new €3 million plant in New Ross, Co Wexford, which will produce 50,000 tonnes of smokeless fuels each year.

The facility has the capacity to double this output to more than 100,000 tonnes each year, and will also seek to expand its offering of solid fuels for Irish customers.

It is also developing a new fuel at the plant that combines biomass with traditional fuel and that reduces greenhouse gas and air emissions.

The facility, which began construction in early 2016, will create six new permanent jobs as well as securing the 35 existing jobs on site and a further 20 support jobs in transport and maintenance.

This high-specification plant will produce smokeless ovoids, a high-heat smokeless fuel, and will use new manufacturing technology to develop environmentally friendly fuel containing biomass.

Stafford Fuels, which is part of the larger Stafford Group that also comprises Lifestyle Sports and Campus Oil, is the largest privately owned distributor of solid fuels in Ireland and has been marketing environmentally friendly domestic fuels since 1990.

Sustainable future

Stafford Fuels managing director Andy Maher said the investment marked “another important step towards a sustainable future” for the company, which has been operating in the southeast for over 125 years.

“We are delighted to be opening our new state-of-the-art plant here in Raheen which will see us expand our range of products for customers across Ireland,” he said.

Andy Maher, managing director of Stafford Fuels, and Ireland and Leinster rugby star Tadhg Furlong at the official opening of their €3 million plant in New Ross, Co Wexford. Photograph: Mary Browne
Andy Maher, managing director of Stafford Fuels, and Ireland and Leinster rugby star Tadhg Furlong at the official opening of their €3 million plant in New Ross, Co Wexford. Photograph: Mary Browne

“This is a significant investment by Stafford Fuels and demonstrates our commitment to operating in the southeast for the long-term.”

Stafford Fuels operates a coal importation and wholesale coal bagging and distribution facility on a 20-acre site in New Ross, and the new operation is located within the existing campus at Raheen.

The plant was officially opened by Ireland and Leinster rugby star Tadhg Furlong.