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Volac turns to LNG to cut costs and carbon

05 January 2016

Volac, one of Europe’s fastest growing and most influential international dairy nutrition businesses, is using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to meet its energy needs – marking the UK’s largest ever LNG conversion project. 

The company, which produces milk-based products for the feed and food markets, was using Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and gas oil to meet its high energy requirements at its largest manufacturing facility in Felinfach, West Wales – spending millions each year. 

The off-grid business was keen to find an effective solution – one that would significantly save on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. After considering a variety of options, including ultra-light heating oil (ULHO), biofuel oil mixes, mains natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), Volac selected LNG, as it provided the most beneficial solution compared to oil. 

The introduction of LNG from Flogas has allowed Volac to make major savings on energy bills but also very importantly, to reduce carbon emissions. Over the first 12 months of operating, Volac has reduced fuel costs year on year by 7%, and cut carbon emissions by 9,000, tonnes (30%).

Flogas Head of LNG, Rob McCord said: “Volac is one of Flogas Britain’s largest customers and we are extremely proud to be a valued supplier. Initially this was an LPG proposition, which we then developed into an LNG solution having thoroughly understood Volac’s requirements. The benefits we’ve achieved are remarkable and are a result of our two companies working diligently together. It’s fair to say that both businesses are proud of their achievement and we feel this certainly sets the standard for other rural businesses.”

Heather Davies, Head of Procurement at Volac, said: “Flogas’ understanding of our requirements and their technical expertise has given us the confidence to make the switch from HFO to LNG. Their flexible project and account management enabled a collaborative relationship to be formed which made the whole switchover process straightforward.” 

Johnathan Hogg, General Manager at Volac’s Felinfach facility in West Wales, added: “Working with Flogas on this project has been exciting and rewarding. Their team is open minded and pro-active, and as such they have enabled the development of this opportunity, which is amongst the first of its kind in British industry. Not only has this project reduced our carbon footprint and costs, it should pave the way for other similarly constrained rural businesses to follow suit.”

LNG from Flogas is now readily available for transportation to off mains sites throughout the UK. Flogas has the UK’s largest commercial LNG distribution fleet in the country, allowing it to better service customers, and is best placed to distribute LNG over other suppliers. 

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