Three fuel laundering plants discovered

February 24, 2014

Three separate fuel laundering plants, capable of producing £18m worth of illegal fuel per year, were uncovered in Culloville on Thursday, HM by Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.

Two of the plants were discovered during searches at residential premises on the Concession Road, while the third was located in a nearby agricultural shed.

Together they had the potential to produce 26 million litres of fuel.

More than 50 tonnes of toxic waste, the by-product of fuel laundering, was also removed from the sites.

“Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, creating significant safety and environmental issues,” Pat Curtis from HMRC said.

“As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up in the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean-up and disposal costs.  It is wrong that honest businesses should be undercut by criminals and those involved in making or selling laundered fuel.”