Minister Naughton visits new Biomass pilot plant at Arigna Fuels

Peter Layden, Managing Director of Arigna Fuels, and Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications, Climate Change, and Environment, viewing the new Biomass pilot plant in Arigna and discussing how it can contribute to the Ministers climate change agenda.


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 24th -30th of September

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What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

Carbon Monoxide (also known as CO) is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas and is a common yet preventable cause of death from poisoning worldwide.

Approximately half of the deaths from unintentional CO poisonings result from the inhalation of smoke from fires. Other significant causes are vehicle exhausts and deaths in industrial / commercial settings. On average between 1 and 2 people die each year in Ireland from unintentional CO poisoning in the home in incidents related to domestic heating or other fossil fuel installations in the home (i.e. excluding the inhalation of smoke from fires).

The incomplete combustion of organic fossil fuels such as oil, gas or coal is a common environmental source of CO and is responsible for many cases of non-fatal unintentional CO poisoning.

In normal conditions the combustion process (the addition of oxygen) will result in carbon in the fossil fuel, combining with oxygen, in the air, to produce Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the same substance we exhale when we breathe.

However, if there is a lack of air for the combustion process or the heating appliance is faulty, Carbon Monoxide can be produced.

When CO is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood, preventing it from absorbing oxygen. If a person is exposed to CO over a period, it can cause illness and even death.

Carbon Monoxide has no smell, taste or colour. This is why it is sometimes called the “Silent Killer”.

Carbon Monoxide alarms can be used as a backup to provide a warning to householders in the event of a dangerous build up of CO. Check that the Carbon Monoxide alarm complies with the EN 50291 standard. Remember that Carbon Monoxide alarms are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys.

Arigna Fuels

Press Release 23rd March 2012

Arigna Fuels was very pleased to welcome Minister John Perry T.D. to their plant in Arigna to view the exciting new developments there.

During a tour of the plant Minister Perry inspected the newly installed packaging and screening facility. This will allow the company to significantly increase its bagged output and also further improve the quality and presentation of its products.

Minister Perry was particularly impressed with the commitment of the company to Research and Development. He was fully briefed on the major R&D project currently under way. This involves the production of ‘bio coal’ –a renewable fuel with the combustion characteristics of coal but made from renewable products such as woodchip, nut shells and even potentially rushes. This project is supported by Enterprise Ireland and will be progressing to pilot plant stage over the coming months after extensive lab trials.

Arigna Fuels has always been at the forefront of new product development in the Irish and UK markets. Employing 50 full time staff and 15 more indirectly it’s range of smokeless and environmentally friendly fuels continue to grow sales as consumers demand better value for money in more challenging times. In particular our Ecobrite product for closed appliances has a loyal following from people who want real heat at an affordable price whilst Cosyglo continues to attract people who want a long lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly open fire.

As part of the ongoing drive to reduce costs the company’s Energy Management System has recently achieved certification under the new International Energy Management System Standard ISO50001. This standard provides a framework for establishing energy management best practice to help organisations to improve their energy performance in a logical, controlled and systematic way. Arigna Fuels Ltd. is the first Irish SME to be awarded with an accredited certification to ISO50001.  The certification was granted by Certification Europe following a detailed assessment process. Becoming certified to this standard ensures that the company will continually strive to improve its energy performance. Minister Perry was pleased to present the award to Brendan Layden –Operations Director

Picture Shows Minister Perry presenting the new certificate to Brendan Layden Operations Manager. Also in Picture John Ryan -Certification Europe  and Peter Layden-Managing Director Arigna Fuels

For more information visit: or contact Dave O’Hara Marketing Manager Arigna Fuels on 0719646002. 

Arigna fuels becomes the first Irish SME to be presented with an accredited certification to ISO50001