Category Archives: Industry News

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 […]


Industry welcomes inclusion of oil in ECO3

The announcement in July from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that oil boilers will not be totally excluded from the next phase of the Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO3) has been widely welcomed by the oil heating sector and fuel poverty campaigners. The decision follows responses by OFTEC and other stakeholders […]


The future of liquid fuels in Ireland

By David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager There are around 1.2million oil-fired homes in Ireland and the market and legislative framework is different to that operating in GB. While we have a building control requirement in Northern Ireland (if a structural alteration takes place such as a new low-level flue) there is no requirement for any […]


Boilers – are two or more better than one?

Although a single appliance is the most frequently chosen option, large dwellings or commercial premises often benefit from having two or more smaller appliances, rather than a single appliance, to meet the building’s maximum heat requirements. So, when it comes to replacing a single large appliance, it’s well-worth discussing this option with your customer. To […]


Women in the heating industry – why aren’t there more?

Of more than 9,000 OFTEC registered technicians, fewer than 30 are female. Perhaps some readers will be surprised it’s even that many, whilst others will feel, like OFTEC, that the number should be much higher. Particularly given the shortage of skilled heating engineers, it’s perhaps disappointing that more women haven’t seen the many potential advantages […]


“OFTEC must be the voice of reason” to ensure the industry’s future

Grant Engineering director, Niall Fay, officially took over the two-year OFTEC chairmanship from Nick Hawkins at last year’s annual general meeting and conference. To introduce himself to OFTEC members, Niall has agreed to address a series of questions about his thoughts, his priorities and the current challenges faced by the oil heating industry… What will […]


Ireland adopts OFTEC syllabus for oil training

SOLAS, the State Organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland is now using OFTEC oil assessments as part of the Phase 4 plumbing curriculum. Candidates that achieve the plumbing apprenticeship will have achieved a nationally recognised standard in the installation and maintenance of oil-fired boilers, and will […]


Anglo Nordic releases new heating & ventilation components catalogue

Anglo Nordic have announced the release of their new product catalogue, featuring details of the company’s latest products, additions and revisions to existing ranges. The new “edition 4” catalogue features a green globe on the front cover and went live on 1st September, superseding all previous editions. Listening carefully to customer and user feedback, Anglo […]


When is a fire barrier required?

Contrary to general opinion, a fire barrier is not there to stop an oil tank fire spreading to a neighbouring building or adjacent boundary but is to protect the oil tank from a fire originating from within a building. Current regulations across the UK and Ireland require fire separation distances to be observed when placing […]


Oil Installer hits the screens!

Over the years, the popular BBC satirical programme, Have I Got News For You, has featured some obscure, if not esoteric, magazines in its “missing words” round – including publications such as Drain Trader, Potato Storage International, Lighthouse World, Modern Ferret, Teddy Bear Times, and even Fuel Oil News.  So when Oil Installer popped up […]