Move to natural gas helps glass manufacturer look to the future

Northern Ireland’s leading glass manufacturer is now powered by natural gas.

By Claire Cartmill
Friday, 28th August 2020, 6:00 am
Danny O'Malley, Director SGN Natural Gas (right) and David Butler, Head of Engineering, SGN Natural Gas
Danny O'Malley, Director SGN Natural Gas (right) and David Butler, Head of Engineering, SGN Natural Gas

As part of a £40 million investment programme taking place over the next three years, Encirc has converted its production facilities in Co Fermanagh to natural gas, a move which will help ensure it is a more sustainable manufacturer for the future.

Encirc, which manufactures containers for some of the world’s most recognised brands, is a key industrial connection to the new SGN Natural Gas network in the western area.

The purpose-built Derrylin plant which opened in 1998 and has been producing high-quality container glass ever since, was the first new-build glass manufacturer in the UK and Ireland in over 30 years.

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Encirc is part of the Vidrala group and currently employs more than 1,500 people across three European sites in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh; Elton, Cheshire; and Corsico, Italy.

Highlighting the significance of the project, Adrian Curry, Encirc’s Managing Director outlined that the firm aims to play a critical role in creating a more sustainable future from minimising the environmentalimpact of manufacturing to supporting communities.

He continued: “As a manufacturer we play a critical role in creating a more sustainable future for our planet. This holds true from minimising the environmental impact of our manufacturing, right through to supporting the local communities in which we operate and our employees’ lives. Having access to mains natural gas in Derrylin is enabling Encirc to further reduce its carbon footprint and we see this as a very progressive development for our business.

“It was quite exciting to see the state-of-the-art equipment arriving for installation on site last year.

“Switching from heavy fuel oil is integral to Encirc’s strategy to boost efficiency and minimise energy consumption across our facilities.

“These initiatives will further reduce our own environmental impact and support our customers in also shrinking their carbon footprint.”

Danny O’Malley, Director of SGN Natural Gas, welcomed Encirc’s conversion to natural gas in Derrylin as a vote of confidence in the new network which has now been extended to key towns in Counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Londonderry.

Praising local company’s innovative and progressive approach to minimising its environmental impact Mr O’Malley said: “Encirc was one of the first major industrial facilities identified by the Gas to the West project to help ensure it is a more sustainable manufacturer for the future.

“The Derrylin plant was successfully converted to natural gas within weeks of the new infrastructure becoming live, wholly supporting this local company’s innovative and progressive approach to minimising its environmental impact.

“A growing portfolio of large manufacturers, food processing companies and commercial users are now operating with natural gas while others are proceeding to connection.

“We are also looking forward to converting many more homes to natural gas in our network area as soon as possible.

“This ongoing major energy infrastructure project representing an investment of more than £250 million is also making a real difference to the local economy.

“The expansion of the natural gas network is great news for consumers in the western region who will benefit from an alternative energy choice for their homes and businesses.”

SGN Natural Gas will be delivering natural gas mains, services and meters to nearly 40,000 business and domestic customers over the next 40 years in Artigarvan, Coalisland, Cookstown, Derrylin, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Magherafelt, Omagh, and Strabane.

For more information please visit sgnnaturalgas.co.uk

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