Acquisition puts biomass fuel supplier in prime position

LC Energy, a UK-based supplier of sustainable wood fuel, has acquired Ecolyf, an MCS accredited company which specialises in the supply, installation and maintenance of wood fuel boilers.

The acquisition means LC Energy is now a provider of one-stop biomass services covering the supply and installation process through to fuelling and maintenance for boilers. It will also give the company, which is the sole supplier to Heathrow Airport's biomass energy centre and Center Parcs Woburn, the opportunity to further grow its market across both industrial and domestic sectors.

'The beauty of our new integrated service,' says Mark Lebus, managing director of LC Energy, 'is that any issues with the operation of biomass boilers can be addressed and customers can feel confident that they have the ongoing support of committed specialists through every stage of the process, whether it be specifying and supplying the correct fuel for a particular boiler or ensuring that a boiler system is appropriately installed in the first place.'

'The quality of the wood fuel is crucial to the performance and reliability of the biomass boiler and there have been cases where some suppliers have not met these standards leading to problems with boilers,' Mark Lebus, managing director of LC Energy. 'Now that we are involved in the sourcing and maintenance of the boilers, as well as supplying the fuel, we can ensure a seamless and reliable service to customers.'

Mike Barnsley, managing director of Ecolyf, retains a 20% interest and will continue as LC Energy's head of engineering.

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