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September Already!

5 Sep 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Come home to a Nicholl Oils warm house this September!    It's hard to believe the Summer holidays are over already, but here we are in September, with schools started again, and everyone left feeling like we had no Summer at all. With Halloween and Winter fast approaching, now is a great time to check your oil tank, and fill up if needed.    A family owned and ...

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As oil prices fall and electricity prices soar heat policy must be reviewed says OFTEC

8 Aug 2017 Author Marlene Gray

As the average cost of heating a home on oil continues to fall, whilst more than 3 million consumers face a 12.5% rise in electricity prices, OFTEC has reignited its call on government to urgently review current heat policy. According to the latest quarterly data from the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil remains by far the cheapes...

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Oil heated households top the league for cheapest fuel bills, says new report

17 Jul 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Oil heated households are enjoying the cheapest fuel bills in the country for the second year running, according to a new report*. The news has been warmly welcomed by oil users who continue to enjoy huge savings on their heating bills, especially at a time when large gas and electricity companies have come under fire for soaring prices. The nationwide report compares the average annual runn...

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Win a 2 night getaway for 2 people b&b at the Strand Hotel Ballyliffin

5 Jul 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Nicholl Oils have teamed up with beautiful Strand Hotel Ballyliffin to offer one lucky person a fantastic two night getaway where you and a friend will be treated to two nights bed and breakfast along with tea/ coffee and scones on arrival.   An authentic warm and friendly Irish welcome awaits you upon arrival at The Strand Hotel Ballyliffin, County Donegal. The renowned Family owned a...

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Storing agricultural fuel oil

8 Jun 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Oil storage is highly regulated within the UK. It is a legal requirement to store fuel in a safe, responsible and environmentally friendly way, since even a small oil spillage can devastate the local environment.   You’re responsible for making sure you meet the rules if you control, manage or look after a farm or an installation on a property, eg as a: ·  &nbs...

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Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme Schemes 2017 - 2018

16 May 2017 Author Marlene Gray

NISEP funded insulation and heating schemes 2017 - 2018 The Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP for short) provides help to install energy saving measures in your home. This can be heating controls, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. If you are on a low income you can get  fully funded oil heating system installed. The scheme is delivered by energy compani...

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OFTEC AND FPS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO HELP CONSUMERS STAY ‘TANK SAFE’

26 Apr 2017 Author Marlene Gray

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) and the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) have joined forces to launch a new ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, urging the 920,000 oil-heated homes in England, Wales and Scotland to make sure their storage tanks are fit for purpose.     The campaign will feature a short information video for homeowners together with advice ...

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County’s oil heated households enjoy the cheapest fuel bills, says new report

23 Mar 2017 Author Marlene Gray

With five of the big six energy suppliers announcing significant price increases to consumers, oil heated households will welcome news that they continue to enjoy the cheapest fuel bills of all the main heating systems, according to a new report*. Despite an increase in cost over the winter, an average three bedroom household on oil is still paying just £952 a year to heat their home whic...

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Home heating oil – the smart choice for customers

23 Feb 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Oil is the cheapest fuel available for heating homes in Northern Ireland*. There are over 2 million homes in the UK and Ireland using oil for hot water and space heating and with 500,000 homes using oil in Northern Ireland, you know you are using the most popular fuel!   Prices for heating oil, including sudden peaks and dips, are mainly affected by the price of crude oil. This can vary...

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Top tips for better fuel efficiency when driving

13 Feb 2017 Author Marlene Gray

With the news today that the cost of filling up your car at the pump is about to rise for the first time since last July, we thought now would be the perfect time to look at ways you can make genuine fuel economy improvements right now.   Drive smoothly at a steady speed.   Driving like a boy-racer by aggressively accelerating or breaking not only makes you look li...

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The Government boiler replacement scheme is still available

24 Jan 2017 Author Marlene Gray

The Government boiler replacement scheme is still available. Open to owner occupiers across Northern Ireland, grants of up to £1000* are currently available if your boiler is more than 15 years old. *Limited funding available through the Department of Communities Available on a first come, first serve basis.   The Boiler Replacement Allowance is a Dep...

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How to protect your oil tank from thieves.

18 Jan 2017 Author Marlene Gray

The costs of taking oil tank security measures will be far outweighed by the peace of mind and knowledge that your oil is protected. As some fuel tanks have the capacity to store thousands of pounds worth of fuel it is worth taking some precautionary measures to protect it.   Padlocks A thief will usually come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it’s w...

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Win 500 litres of free home heating oil this January!

3 Jan 2017 Author Marlene Gray

We are ringing in the New Year and helping you to beat the January blues by giving away 500 litres of free home heating oil to one lucky winner!    With province wide delivery across Northern Ireland, you can count on Nicholls to spOIL you this winter!    Simply CLICK HERE to enter the free giveaway.     

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Government must move on low carbon heat policy, says OFTEC

15 Dec 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Government must develop a more inclusive UK heat policy which addresses the key issues of energy efficiency and fuel poverty alongside efforts to reduce carbon emissions from heating in off-grid homes, says OFTEC. The government’s current focus on renewable heat has failed to deliver the progress required towards achieving the EU 2020 targets and overlooks other simple, more cost-effectiv...

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Win a Ford Fiesta Zetec with Nicholl Star!

29 Nov 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Nicholl Oils are pleased to announce the opening of a new Star branded petrol station on the Dromore Road Omagh. The site boasts a Centra convenience store within the forecourt which offers range of convenience goods, tobacco products, freshly ground barista coffee and tea. At Nicholls we are committed to serving local communities and with our new service station in Omagh we have supported t...

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UK HOUSEHOLDS URGED TO PREPARE FOR A COLD WINTER

16 Nov 2016 Author Marlene Gray

With predictions that a particularly cold winter may be on its way, households across the country are being urged not to let the current unseasonably warm weather make them complacent and ensure their heating systems are ready for a prolonged cold snap. The warning comes after the dramatic increase in the number of excess winter deaths seen last year, with vulnerable people living in cold homes...

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Community buying groups

1 Nov 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Interest in heating oil buying groups is on the rise. Customers and communities are increasingly aware of the cost of energy and the need to buy and use energy as efficiently as possible. Here at Nicholl Oils we support community oil buying groups where possible, and have laid out this handy guide outlining the pros and cons of oil buying groups.   Advantages: REDUCTION IN UNIT PRICE...

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Boiler Efficiency and Maintenance

4 Oct 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Now that we are coming into the colder months, top of everyone’s priorities should be making sure that their homes are ready for the cold winter weather we have here in Northern Ireland. When making sure that your house is ready, one of the top things on your checklist should be your boiler as it provides an immense amount of warmth through heating your radiators.   There are some...

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Autumn Already!

14 Sep 2016 Author

It doesn't seem two minutes since the start of the summer and we were settling in to watch EURO 2016, yet here we are getting ready to welcome the Autumn once again.   Here at Nicholl Oils Autumn is one of our favourite seasons. The humidity of summer is fading away and the air is much crisper and cooler. The leaves turn to glorious hues of red, orange and gold, eventually beco...

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You could win a tablet!

1 Sep 2016 Author

Summer is officially over, and here at Nicholl Oils we are helping you get the kids back to school with our latest giveaway!   Order your oil with us this month, and we will automatically place you in a draw to win a 7inch, 16GB, Google Android Tablet!               (Tablet may vary in colour from that pictured. All orders place...

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Infographic - Discover the advantages of home heating oil

8 Aug 2016 Author Marlene Gray

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Have you room for a summer top up?

1 Aug 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Summer is a great time to buy your home heating oil! It’s the height of summer, and thinking about your home heating oil is probably one of the last things on your mind, but did you know that heating oil prices are currently at one of the lowest levels they have been in the last month? Why not stock up before the end of summer rush? Oil prices tend to go down during the spring and summer ...

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The EU Referendum Leave Result - Statement From The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers

29 Jun 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Following the announcement of the leave result in the EU referendum, the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS), the trade association for the heating oil & fuel distribution industry says they will be keeping members regularly updated on issues that may affect members and their business. FPS Chief Executive Mark Askew comments: “We will be speaking to the Government and will be putt...

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Oil remains the cheapest home heating fuel by far

27 May 2016 Author Marlene Gray

New industry figures show that despite a slow increase in heating oil prices since the start of 2016, the average annual cost of heating a home on oil has fallen again, providing welcome news for industry and homeowners alike. According to the latest quarterly data from the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil remains by far the cheap...

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Win 4 tickets to "Footloose: The Musical" at the Millennium Forum!

23 May 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Dust of your dancing shoes and get ready to sing along to some of the biggest hits of the 80's. We are giving 1 lucky person 4 tickets to "Footloose: The Musical" at the Millennium Forum on Wednesday 1st June at 8pm.   Everybody Cut Loose as the explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll musical Footloose bursts on to the stage in 2016. Based on the 1980s riveting screen sensatio...

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Looking after your oil tank.

12 May 2016 Author Marlene Gray

If you are a home heating oil customer, you need to be cautious that your tank doesn't leak, causing harmful damage; that heating oil doesn't become sludgy in icy conditions making it unusable; and that your oil is safe from theft and you are able to rectify issues with suppliers. Follow our list of tips and advice to keep your home heating oil safe and to save you money in the long run. ...

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Win a night for two at Magherabouy House Hotel, Portrush

26 Apr 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Nicholl Oils is spOILing you this Spring! You could win a night for two at 3* Magherabuoy House Hotel Portrush! We have teamed up with the fabulous Magherabouy House Hotel in Portrush to offer one lucky person a night away for two! Magherabuoy House is the perfect solution for all your accommodation, conferencing, banqueting and dining needs in attractive premises just outside the seaside town ...

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Take Your Oil! … And Warm Your Community

12 Apr 2016 Author Marlene Gray

The Millennium Forum in conjunction with sponsors Nicholl Fuel Oils and Arts and Business NI is inviting entries for a brand new art competition - Take Your Oil! And Warm Your Community.  This competition is aimed at pupils in year 11, 12 and 13, with a host of fabulous prizes for one lucky winner on offer: 1000 litres of oil for the winning school, 10 hours of free professional art facilitat...

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As oil prices remain low, OFTEC says consumers need realistic carbon reduction solutions

9 Mar 2016 Author Marlene Gray

As new industry figures show a further 7.8% fall in the cost of heating a typical home using oil in the last three months, OFTEC says the case for consumers to stick with, or even switch to oil is growing stronger, underlining the need for urgent change to the government’s low carbon heat strategy.   According to the latest Sutherland Tables*, the cost of heating an average three ...

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Oil is the cheapest way to heat your home!

9 Feb 2016 Author Marlene Gray

According to the latest figures released by the *Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles, oil is now by far the cheapest of all the major heating fuels, costing just £672 a year to heat an average three bedroom house in Northern Ireland. This compares to an annual heating bill of £907 for the same hom...

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Consumers continue to benefit from heating oil price plunge signalling urgent need to re-think UK heat policy

26 Jan 2016 Author Marlene Gray

As the price of heating oil tumbles further, falling a staggering 10 per cent since the beginning of the year, the UK’s 1.4 million rural households on oil heating are continuing to benefit. However, with over 4.5 million people in the UK still living in fuel poverty - and many of these in rural areas - government needs to urgently address its current heat policy to help these homes become m...

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A6 improvements will bring economic and road safety benefits to Northern Ireland

12 Jan 2016 Author Marlene Gray

The announcement that work will start this year on major improvements to the A6 between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry is good news for transport operators and will benefit the wider economy, according to the Freight Transport Association, which said that the upgrading of the route had been one of the association’s primary objectives for several years.   Transport Minister Michelle...

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Home heating oil prices have dropped to an eight-year low.

22 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

It is great news for the average home owner in Northern Ireland as the price of home heating oil has dropped to an eight year low. This means substantial savings this Christmas in comparison to previous years. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, price comparison website boss Michael Toner stated, "We would encourage people to take advantage of low pricing by stocking up and ordering in quan...

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Oil prices fall again with consumers directly benefiting from the drop

11 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Latest industry figures show oil prices have fallen a further 10.5% with consumers reaping the benefits because the drop in wholesale costs are being passed directly on – unlike the picture for households on mains gas and electricity. According to the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of data on comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil continues to trump competitor fue...

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Win 500 litres of free home heating oil just in time for Christmas!

2 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

We are treating our customers and placing everyone who orders their home heating oil between the 1st and 18th of December into a free prize draw for 500 litres of home heating oil!   Home heating oil is currently 45% cheaper than last year, so now is the perfect time to stock up and beat the winter rush. Reports show that we could be in for one of the coldest winters on record, so we a...

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Nicholl Oils open fully automated pay at the pump service station

27 Nov 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Nicholl Oils is delighted at the hugely successful opening of our new service station at 33 Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry. The new service station marketed under our Auto 365 brand is a 24-hour fully automated service station providing motorists with quality fuel and low prices, with pay-at-the-pump convenience. Automated service stations offer motorists a number of distinct advantages - fuel ...

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Enter our "White Christmas" winter warmer competition!

3 Nov 2015 Author Marlene Gray

  We have teamed up with the Millennium Forum Theatre and Conference Centre to offer one lucky family a fantastic Christmas prize that they’ll never forget. You could win family tickets to Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”, a spectacular festive feel good musical based on the much loved movie classic. We are also treating you to a pre-show dinner in the Millennium F...

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Vote for your favourite Star station & you could win a tablet!

19 Oct 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Vote for your favourite Star Station and you could win a Google Android Tablet!   18 of the Star petrol stations from across Northern Ireland are taking part in a competition for you to vote for your favourite petrol station!   Each petrol station is giving away a 16GB Google Android Tablet, so every time you vote for your favourite station you will be entered into...

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Oil heated households set to have a warm home this winter

13 Oct 2015 Author Marlene Gray

OFTEC have stated that homes that use oil heating are set for a warmer winter this year, as the latest data shows households are taking advantage of low oil prices and keeping their heating on for longer*. The report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows an average 16% increase in the consumption of heating oil by households since the start of the year, revealing that us...

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Twelve top interesting facts about oil!

8 Sep 2015 Author Marlene Gray

1. The word "petroleum" literally translates as "rock oil". It stems from the Greek word "petra", meaning rock, and the Latin word "oleum", meaning oil. 2. Petroleum products are usually grouped into three categories: light distillates (LPG, gasoline, naphtha), middle distillates (kerosene, diesel), heavy distillates and residuum (heavy fuel oil, lubricat...

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Win a tablet in our Back 2 School competition!

3 Sep 2015 Author Marlene Gray

You could win this 7inch, 16GB, Google Android Tablet with our Back 2 School Competition! Summer is officially over, and here at Nicholl Fuels we are helping you get the kids back to school with our latest competition! We are giving away this 7inch, 16GB, Google Android Tablet!   Simply CLICK HERE to enter.   Please keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will announce t...

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FPS urges customers to buy oil now while prices and demand are low!

2 Sep 2015 Author Marlene Gray

As the latest figures from the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the UK showed that the price of oil had fallen for the fourth quarter in a row, Fuel Oil News have stated that the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers is urging customers to buy now. “Oil prices have tumbled once more, making oil heating the cheapest ...

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Discover the advantages of oil heating

27 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Heating Oil (also known as Kerosene, 28 Second Burning Oil, Central Heating Fuel and Home Heating Oil) is a liquid fuel product used for central heating and in some cases for AGA ovens. Home heating oil is purchased in bulk and stored in a fuel tank usually located outside of the property where it is piped straight to a heating oil boiler. If you've just moved into a property, the type of o...

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Fantastic news for consumers as home heating oil prices at a 5 year low!

5 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Latest figures from the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles show that home heating oil is at a 5 year low. The annual cost to heat a 3 bedroom house (both space and water) with an oil fired condensing boiler is just £898, and £1279 for a 4 bedroom house. In comparison, a gas fired condensing b...

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Is it time you upgrade to an oil condensing boiler?

4 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Boilers account for about 55% of what the average household spends in a year on energy bills, so having an efficient boiler can make a big difference. Well maintained boilers burn their fuel very economically, but they unavoidably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and...

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Win a night for 2 people b&b to The City Hotel Derry - Londonderry

3 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

We have teamed up with the fantastic 4* City Hotel in Derry-Londonderry to to offer our Facebook fans and customers a fantastic prize! One lucky person will win a night away for two people to The City Hotel! When it comes to location, the City Hotel cannot be beaten. Situated on Queen’s Quay adjacent to the beautiful River Foyle, iconic Peace Bridge & historic Guildhall, the hotels lo...

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HMRC roadside fuel testing equipment to tackle the illegal diesel trade.

28 Jul 2015 Author Marlene Gray

The Treasury Minister Damian Hinds visited Belfast and Newry yesterday (Monday 27th July) as HM Revenue and Customs revealed new roadside fuel testing equipment to help combat trade in illegal diesel. The equipment has been set up in order to permit officers to test vehicles at the roadside for the presence of the new fuel marker, which was introduced into supplies intended for use in agricultu...

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Oil Tank Maintenance

23 Jul 2015 Author Marlene Gray

It’s very easy to forget about your oil tank tucked away in the garden when you’re not using your central heating so much during the summer months, but this can be the best time to think about your tank and check it’s in good condition. This could help you to avoid a nasty surprise in the middle of winter when you need your heating most.   There are some simple checks ...

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The cost of home heating oil is 13% lower than gas.

15 Jun 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Latest industry figures show that heating oil prices are now 13% cheaper than mains gas to heat the average home. According to the latest figures released by the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles, oil is now by far the cheapest of all the major heating fuels, costing just £930 a year to heat an avera...

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Are you entitled to a grant to replace your boiler?

3 Jun 2015 Author Marlene Gray

The Boiler Replacement Allowance is a Department for Social Development Scheme, administered by the Housing Executive. This project is part financed by the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. The Boiler Replacement Scheme is for owner occupiers whose total gross income is less than £40,000 and is to help with the cost of replacing boilers which are 15 yea...

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Nicholl Oils at The Ballymena Show

29 May 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Be sure and stop by Nicholl Fuel Oils stand at this year’s Ballymena Show.  As one of the leading suppliers of fuels to the agricultural and farming sectors, we will be there to answer all your queries and help ensure you are getting the best deal on fuel for your machinery and home heating. We will also be holding a fantastic prize draw on Saturday the 30th, where one lucky person w...

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Nicholl Oils, proud suppliers of the Irish Open 2015

28 May 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Nicholl Fuel Oils is delighted to announce that we are the official fuel suppliers for this year’s Irish Open at the Royal County Down. Over the last 50 years, we have grown to become Northern Ireland's largest independent oil distributor by providing the best prices by way of a reliable, dependable service. Today, more customers than ever trust us to deliver on quality and price. S...

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