Plans are underway to remove the two highest oil users in Northern Ireland by replacing a total of 8 oil boilers with new biomass systems. Both projects will go out to tender later this month and are on track to be delivered within the next 12 months.
The Causeway Hotel is set on the magnificent North Antrim Coastline overlooking Portballintrae bay and on the doorstep of the UNESCO world heritage site, The Giant’s Causeway. Built in 1836, the 28 bedroom hotel was privately owned until 2001 when it was purchased by the National Trust. From 2001 until 2014 the hotel was operated by tenants but early in 2014 it was taken back in hand by The National Trust.
The property is currently the largest oil user, not only in Northern Ireland, but the entire organisation! Later this year we plan to replace the oil system with a 199kW biomass boiler with LPG back up. We wouldn’t normally specify a fossil fuel back up but in this instance, it is necessary in order to provide the hotel with back up which is essential in the hospitality industry.
Once complete, the project will provide 508,213 kWhs of heat from a renewable technology and see removal of 47,316 litres of in-hand oil consumption. Timing and commissioning of this project will need to be carefully managed in order to ensure minimal disruption to guests and day to day hotel operation.
Rowallane Garden is located immediately south of Saintfield, County Down. Dating back to the second half of the 19th Century it covers an area of approximately 50 acres and is particularly noted for its extensive collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Rowallane House is currently used for visitor facilities and offices, and the old farm stables, which features a bell-tower, is mainly made up of offices for regional staff.
The property is currently the third highest oil user in Northern Ireland and later this year we plan to replace the oil system with two 99kW biomass boilers
Once complete, the project will provide 217,786 kWhs of heat from a renewable technology and see removal of 20,000 litres of in-hand oil consumption.
For more information on our energy work visit our website – http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/energy.