Kingspan Partners With Northern Ireland Executive To Deliver 'Fuelserv' Pay As You Go Heating Oil

3rd December 2011
Northern Ireland's Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced an innovative 'pay as you go' option for oil heating for vulnerable households which has been developed in partnership with supplier Kingspan Environmental.

The technology developed by Portadown, Northern Ireland based Kingspan Environmental could see significant savings for those homeowners having to resort to using drums (saddled with high-prices for small quantities) who will be able to access the cost benefits of having oil delivered in bulk.

The pilot scheme to help tackle fuel poverty among the most vulnerable will begin early next year, with an evaluation in summer ahead of next year's winter period.

Minister McCausland said, "Around 70% of homes in Northern Ireland rely on oil to heat their homes, and this increases to around 80% in rural communities. The cost of fuel is a key factor in addressing fuel poverty and I am delighted that two local companies, Carillion Energy Services and Kingspan Environmental, have come up with a possible solution to a long standing problem.

"The expense of oil and of ordering oil in larger quantities has been an ongoing issue and those less well off have been the worst affected. Many families are not able to budget for £300 or £500 and resort to buying drums. This pilot will allow us to road test an innovative and unique technology which will allow oil from tanks to be released to boilers as needed, helping those most in need to budget and benefit from the savings gained by those buying in larger quantities."

Kingspan Environmental has developed the technology for oil tank metering. Charles Burns, Commercial Director said, "Kingspan Environmental is the market leader in oil measurement technologies and we welcome the opportunity to work with Minister McCausland and his Department to further develop the Fuelserv pay as you go solution. As a Northern Ireland based company, we are delighted to be involved in projects which help alleviate the ever increasing burden of fuel poverty".

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Article Last Updated 3rd December 2011
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