The East Midlands is the origin and core of Forever Fuels' business. Led by Nottinghamshire County Council, the region has been at the forefront of promoting wood pellet heating, and Forever Fuels is proud to have been involved in that effort. We supply several thousand tonnes of wood pellets a year in the region. We will continue to invest to bring to the region the best quality wood pellets at competitive prices.
The wood pellet store in Retford (Notts.) holds around 1,500 tonnes of wood pellets. It serves as useful additional storage capacity, and an another source of wood pellets, to the main import stores around the Humber, providing additional diversity and security of supply.
It also acts as a useful forwarding depot for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, reducing the distances our trucks have to travel. Reduced distances with the smaller trucks used for deliveries mean reduced cost and reduced environmental impact.
Like all our stores, our wood pellets at Retford are screened and cleaned as part of the process of loading the delivery vehicles, to remove fines, dust and contaminants.
Wood pellets for the region mostly arrive via the Humber ports (there are no quality wood pellet producers in the region). We collect from Scunthorpe, Flixborough or New Holland. We offer the best value and least environmental impact delivering direct from the ports where Retford does not offer a forwarding advantage, such as Derbyshire and North Lincolnshire.
Our Middlewich depot (Cheshire) is well-placed to serve the western parts of the region, like Buxton and Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
The southern parts of the region may be served from our depots in Newmarket and Maidenhead or from the pellet factory in Cradley Heath (Birmingham).
The flexibility of multiple bases and vehicles gives us the cover to ensure continuity of supply.
We operate all sizes of truck in the region: 4-wheeler, 6-wheeler and 8-wheeler pressurised tankers, and articulated bulker-blowers for the largest deliveries (27 tonnes) to industrial systems that do not need the quality of a pressurised-tanker delivery. The 31 tankers and 4 bulkers in the fleet ensure that we have plenty of capacity to meet demand and provide resilience against failure of individual trucks and depots. We have more pressurised tankers for specialist, top-quality deliveries of wood pellets than all our competitors combined.
Our tankers are equipped with Legal for Trade weigh-loaders, enabling us to make accurate and legal part-load deliveries for smaller customers in the region.
To ensure the best quality of delivery, the tankers are equipped with suction systems to equalise the pressure during delivery (and remove some dust).
With the 4-wheelers and rear-steer 6-wheelers, we offer the most manoeuvrable vehicles of any wood pellet supplier, with the ability to gain access to relatively inaccessible sites, such as may be found in many of the more rural or tighter urban locations in the region.
We offer A1 quality wood pellets, delivered in strict accordance with the ENplus rules.
The ENplus rules are not designed for wood pellets that have been handled several times. The wood pellets from all suppliers in the region have generally been handled multiple times, as there are no local quality producers. We go beyond the ENplus rules with all our pellets, to ensure the best quality that can be achieved.
Because of the limitations of the ENplus scheme, we offer two grades of ENplus A1 wood pellet. "Standard" pellets comply with the A1 specification in all regards. "Premium" pellets go beyond the A1 specification, for instance with a higher durability, so that they are better able to withstand the degradation that is caused by multiple handling.
Larger customers will find the standard pellets more than good enough and better value for industrial boilers. Customers with less robust systems (which generally applies to boilers from around 100 kW downwards) may struggle with even small quantities of fines, and should prefer the premium pellets.
One trade-off on quality is that higher durability means more pellets at the top end of the size range (upto 45mm is permitted). Customers with suction systems that block with longer pellets might be better off with standard pellets, but will need to clean their store regularly to remove the fines.
We buy our wood pellets for the East Midlands from multiple traders, who themselves offer pellets from multiple manufacturers. And we distribute from multiple locations, with the largest fleet of dedicated wood pellet delivery trucks in the area. This diversity ensures that a failure with any one source or piece of equipment will not have a major impact on our ability to supply.
Customers with robust equipment looking for the best value should try our "standard" ENplus A1 wood pellets. For those looking for the best quality, our economies of scale mean that we can offer the "premium" ENplus A1 wood pellets for little more than our competitors charge for pellets that are more like our "standard" product.
Our spot pricing depends on factors such as the size of the order, the time of year, the distance from the depot, etc.
We also offer contracts for one or more years. If desired, the contracts can include (a) monitoring services if you don't want to have to think about your fuel and our lead-times and want to leave it up to us to keep you filled up, (b) summer/winter pricing if your pellet store is large enough to take a good proportion of your annual demand when prices are cheap in summer.
Environment and sustainability
Our investment ensures that we deliver wood pellets in the area as efficiently as possible, with the associated environmental benefits. We have BSL IDs for every source of wood pellet that we supply in the area.
The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) is the government's scheme to certify the sustainability (not the quality as many people wrongly assume) of biomass fuel for heating. BSL certification means that you can be confident that the fuel has had no impact on land-use (e.g. has not encouraged deforestation or diversion of food-producing land) and achieves a major carbon saving relative to fossil fuels (a minimum of 60% saving, but most wood pellets save over 80%).