Category Archives: Industry News

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 […]


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 […]