Wednesday 13 December 2017

Huge demand for peat after worst harvest

Treacy Hogan

THE unseasonal cold snap has sparked an unprecedented boom in briquette sales.

Demand for peat briquettes is up 47pc since the start of the year, compared with 2012.

And the run on briquettes comes in the wake of the worst ever peat harvest during the washout summer.

But Bord na Mona has assured householders that they won't run out.

"The demand is up on the same period last year because of the cold weather," a company spokesman said.

Another factor in the shortage was last summer's record breaking rainfall, which saw 2.5 times the average rainfall for June and July, with August also well above average.

At the end of the harvest period the company confirmed its peat harvest was 37pc of the amount expected for the year.

This was the worst harvest for the company.

A fire in the company's briquette factory at Littleton, Co Tipperary, also caused a loss in production.

Irish Independent

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