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Customer case study

Rodda's saves on costs and carbon with LPG switch

Fuelling tradition

Rodda’s has been making Cornish clotted cream in the heart of Cornwall since 1890, and since then has seen farmhouse butter, crème fraiche, custard, milk and pouring cream added to its portfolio.

Wishing to minimise their carbon footprint, while at the same time reducing costs, Rodda’s knew the time had come to move away from oil as the energy source for its production process.

The company’s main use of fuel is for steam generation used in the pasteurisation separation system, heating the cleaning equipment and powering the heat exchanger CIP system. It is vital their systems receive a controllable and consistent uninterrupted supply of fuel.

Location

Cornwall

Application

Dairy production

Savings

  • 11% on fuel costs
  • 70 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year

As with every part of this project, the Flogas team handled challenges professionally and efficiently. This meant that we were assured of a start to finish solution taking into consideration all of our individual requirements.

Chris Quelch,
Operations Manager, Rodda's

A turnkey solution

LPG was the perfect fit for Rodda’s. It’s a proven energy source, offering huge financial and carbon savings when compared to all grades of oil.

As with most installs of this size, there were a few logistical challenges to overcome, but these were easily dealt with by Flogas. The expert team provided a start-to-finish, turnkey LPG service to maximise heating performance and minimise disruption.

Flogas Service Excellence

  • Complete project management + fast & efficient installation
  • Reliable delivery service via nationwide network
  • Automatic resupply via telemetry units fitted as standard
  • Experts in energy - with over 30 years' experience

Efficient burning

Chris Quelch, Operations Manager at Rodda’s, concludes: “With LPG, another more hidden benefit has been a large reduction in boiler servicing. This means the boiler isn’t offline as much, giving us quite a significant time saving, but also increases the amount of money the switch to LPG has saved us.

“We’ve seen big changes in efficiency too. Whereas we used to get an 8:1 burn ratio with oil, we now get 11:1 with LPG. The burners now run for longer, but on a lower load, reducing the shock on the boiler. This will also help keep maintenance requirements (and costs) down.”

Dairy production can be an energy-intensive process, which has a knock-on effect on costs and emissions. This is something that Rodda’s recognised within its own business, and was keen to address. The results of a simple switch from oil to LPG speak for themselves, and Rodda’s will be enjoying tangible financial and environmental savings for years to come.

Lee Gannon,
Managing Director, Flogas

Impressive results

Rodda’s Operations Manager Chris Quelch says: “There were numerous reasons for converting from oil to LPG and we’ve seen many benefits. CO2 was the main source of focus, and since installing our LPG system, we’ve reduced CO2 emissions by 70 tonnes a year. This is hugely important to us given our focus on hitting our set environmental targets”.

"The project has paid for itself in just over a year which is beyond our expectations. It's very impressive."

LPG for businesses

If your business is currently running on oil – or you’re already using LPG but looking to switch suppliers – get in touch to see how much you could save with Flogas.

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