Posted on Wednesday 28 May 2014 by Ulster Business
Sales and Operations Manager for Fergusson Coal in Ireland Stephen Ashe
A Scottish coal company has secured a new base at Larne harbour to allow it to compete in the market across the island of Ireland.
Stirling-based Fergusson Coal plans to ship coal directly to Larne from Hunsterstown on the West Coast of Scotland and distribute throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Despite a trend toward low emission and non-fossil fuels over the last few years, Sales and Operations Manager for Fergusson's Ireland operation Stephen Ashe believes there is significant potential for the coal here.
"When compared with other forms of domestic heating, coal remains a reliable, and competitively priced option in a time of rising energy bills," he said.
"In a challenging market, coal has a huge role to play, and we've found that households are increasingly discovering its competitive benefits for open fires, multi fuel stoves, room heaters, cookers and boilers.
The company has already dipped a toe in the market here, selling coal in Northern Ireland since 2011.
"Overall , we are very confident that our Larne investment leaves Fergusson Coal very well placed to meet growing customer demand throughout Ireland."