A black market fuel-laudering plant costing 2 million euro a year in lost taxes has been uncovered in Dundalk, Co. Louth

Customs officers disrupted the illegal double processing unit on commercial premises in Rathmore, Dundalk

Customs officers disrupted the illegal double processing unit on commercial premises in Rathmore, Dundalk

In Rathmore, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Officers uncovered a double oil laundering plant which had the capacity to launder approximately four million litres of fuel per annum with a potential loss to the Exchequer of EUR2m. The two plants - one concealed in a shed and the other concealed in a forty-foot container - were located on a commercial premises. Four lorries, a jeep, 18,000 litres of marked mineral oil, a tanker containing 6,000 litres of laundered fuel, a forty-foot trailer with concealed tank for the transport of fuel, bleaching earth and ancillary equipment were seized.

This operation is part of Revenue’s ongoing activities to tackle fuel fraud. Revenue would like to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel. It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer; hurts legitimate trade and of course it is funding criminal activity.