Category Archives: Industry News

Integrally fire rated tanks – frequently asked questions

Every oil tank installer knows that finding a suitable location for an oil tank can be challenging. On the one hand, technicians need to ensure the tank installation complies with regional building regulations, and on the other hand, clients often want their oil tank installed in a location that would not be compliant unless a […]


Liquid fuel “is a fuel fit for future domestic heating”

Before looking forward it does no harm to look back – from centuries of using coal or peat on the humble open fire in Ireland, fast forward to the second half of the 20th century when central heating became the preferred option (for those who could afford it). In the 1970/80’s oil was the fuel […]


At last – an oil tank insurance policy for homeowners

Many homeowners using oil may believe that they are fully insured against the risk of pollution following a leak or spill from their tank by their standard buildings and contents insurance, but the reality could be very different. Pollution and contamination can sometimes be excluded completely from standard insurance polices, or included within a limit. […]


Fuel additives – is there a Marmite factor?

Neil Ryding, managing director of Fuel Additive Science Technologies Ltd., shares his opinions with Oil Installer readers… Amongst the boiler servicing and boiler manufacturing fraternity, our experience is that the very mention of the word ‘additive’ can elicit extremes of reaction. These reactions vary from the downright hostile and dismissive to the all-embracing, born-again convert. […]


It’s better bunded……

Oil remains the premier choice for home heating in Ireland with 40% of homes in the Republic and 68% of homes in Northern Ireland using liquid fuel. Storing home heating oil on-site provides added benefits over other fuel sources: ensuring your own supply, and refilling when needed and when market prices are lower. Modern plastic […]


Discrepancies between fuel poverty and clean growth agenda “continue to hit vulnerable rural households”

As a new report shows, the number of fuel poor households in England has risen to over 2.5 million. OFTEC says recent revisions to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme don’t go far enough in ensuring that low income homes do not suffer at the expense of the government’s clean growth agenda. The committee on […]


Industry calls for more clarity from government on decarbonisation plans

CLEAN GROWTH STRATEGY UPDATE When it comes to government policy, the devil is in the detail. This is particularly true of heat policy where concerns over a lack of clarity have led OFTEC and Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) to write to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) minister, Claire Perry, demanding answers to […]


“Ignore misleading claims from renewable heating suppliers” – OFTEC and FPS

Schools, businesses and other organisations in rural, off-gas grid areas are being advised to ignore misleading marketing claims stating that ‘oil heating will be outlawed by 2030’, following reports that a number have been targeted by renewable heating solution providers, encouraging them to switch to alternative systems ahead of the false ‘deadline’. OFTEC and the […]


Heating sector thriving as demand for oil expertise grows

OFTEC registration figures have hit a five year high and are continuing to rise, underlining the increasing value both technicians and consumers are placing on professional qualifications. The competitive price of oil compared to electricity, LPG and renewable heating technologies – the other heating options available to off grid households – has seen demand for […]


OFTEC annual conference – mapping out pathways towards decarbonisation

Decarbonisation was a key theme of OFTEC’s 2018 annual conference in June, which informed members and guests on the opportunities to reduce emissions from rural homes in support of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy. During the event, OFTEC’s CEO, Paul Rose, provided an overview of the current situation and reported on progress made since the […]