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.
Operations Manager, Rodda's
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.
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.”
Managing Director, Flogas
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."