Solid fuel supplier Fergusson Coal has secured a new facility in Larne that will support the company’s drive to build its presence across the Irish house coal market.
The agreement to open a new base in Larne Harbour represents a major strategic step for the firm, which has been present in Northern Ireland since 2011.
The new depot at Redlands Crescent will play a key part in Fergusson Coal’s strategy to expand its sales presence, providing competitively priced fuel products, backed by reliable service, to customers in both the north and south.
The expanded operation will directly support increasing sales volumes through its distribution partners such as coal merchants and local retailers, while also supporting the company’s plans to increase its wholesale market presence.
High quality coal supplies will be shipped directly to Larne from Hunterston on Scotland’s west coast – from where Fergusson already supplies in the region of two million tonnes per year to customers across the United Kingdom and in Europe.
A key focus for the expanded operation will be on the provision of pre-pack fuel, as the company responds to the growing customer demand for supplies in clean, convenient, easily carried bags.
Sales and Operations Manager for Ireland, Stephen Ashe said: “The new facility represents a major step forward in our Irish growth plans, providing us with high quality coal shipped straight from Scotland.
“It will enable us to fulfil growing customer demand from our continually expanding distribution network, whilst also supporting plans to grow our wholesale presence.
“Fergusson Coal’s key focus in developing our Irish operation is on listening closely to what customers want, matching their needs with products delivered to rigorous quality standards, and ensuring a smooth joined up service.
“Our new Larne operation will enable us to meet these commitments on an increasing scale.”