LIMERICK company Inver Energy is keeping the homes fires burning for householders and industry in the MidWest as what many predict will be the coldest winter in living memory continues its grip.
Inver has imported what is thought to be the largest ever shipment of oil into Foynes at the new €30 million Atlantic Fuel Supply Company oil terminal at the West Limerick port.
The 32,000 tonne dead weight Sea Conger from Milford Haven sailed out of Foynes at the weekend having discharged 26,000 tonnes of home-heating oil to go to fuel distributors.
This was the largest tanker ever to dock in Foynes and was enough, the port company said, to heat 30,000 households in the region this winter.
Separately, Inver imported 38,000 tonnes of coal from South Africa for industrial users in the region aboard the Aman Trader, one of the largest coal shipments Foynes has ever seen.
At one point last Thursday, both of these large vessels were joined in port by the Stolt Petrol ethanol shipment.
Inver has been operating in Foynes since 1984 importing coal and fuel oil mainly for supply to customers in the industrial and marine sector. Since 2007, through an oil terminal at Cardiff in Wales, it has supplied similar markets in the UK.