Irish based coal importers and wholesalers, Stafford Fuels, has officially opened its new €3 (£2.6) million plant in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The newly developed facility aims to produce 50,000 tonnes of smokeless fuel per year but has the capacity to double the output to 100,000 each year.
Stafford Fuels is also developing a new fuel at the plant that combines biomass with traditional fuel which reduces greenhouse gas and air emissions.
Andy Maher, Managing Director of Stafford Fuels said: “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.”
Andy continues, “This is a significant investment by Stafford Fuels and demonstrates our commitment to operating in the South East for the long-term. This new investment marks another important step towards a sustainable future for Stafford Fuels which has been operating in the South East for over 125 years.”
The newly developed facility will create 6 new permanent jobs, secure 35 existing jobs on site and a further 20 support positions within transport and maintenance.