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Midlands plant hire firm powers up on biodiesel

Plant hire firm believes making its own bio diesel will save it £2,500 a month.

East Midlands plant hire, civil engineering and groundwork contractor A&V Squires is powering its entire fleet of lorries, vans and plant vehicles with biodegradable diesel. This fuel is to be produced at the company’s own site in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

The company has set up a biodiesel fuel plant capable of producing up to 15,000 litres of the green fuel every week.

It will go into more than 30 items of plant, including excavators and dumpers.

“We decided to make the investment in a bid to help minimise our impact on the environment. Producing our own biodiesel should cut our carbon emissions by up to 25%,” said Squires’ plant transport manager Mark Wilkinson.

Mr Stompies

The biodiesel will be produced using waste vegetable oil supplied by Mansfield-based renewable energy consultant Mr Stompies.

While the environmental aspect is the main driving force behind the introduction of biofuel, the company expects to save around £2,500 per month and estimates it will take around two years for the plant to pay for itself.

The company does a lot of work with the Environment Agency and British Waterways, and many of its projects are close to watercourses.

“When our plant vehicles are operating in these areas there has always been the potential for fuel leakage leading to pollution,” said Wilkinson.

“The use of biodegradable diesel, added to the fact that all the hydraulic oil used in our plant vehicles is biodegradable, will significantly reduce the risk,” he added.

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