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Fuel laundering plant with 10m litre capacity uncovered in rural Waterford

The operation was found near the town of Portlaw, some 19km west of Waterford City, earlier today.

File photo of an illegal fuel laundering operation
File photo of an illegal fuel laundering operation
Image: Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ AND OFFICERS from the Revenue’s Customs Service have uncovered what’s being described as a “sophisticated” fuel laundering plant in a commercial premises in rural Waterford.

The plant was found near the town of Portlaw, some 19km west of Waterford City, earlier today.

According to the customs service, it has the capacity to process around 10 million litres of diesel per year — representing a potential loss to the Exchequer in taxes of around €5 million each year.

A number of large tanks were also uncovered, and other related equipment seized.

Investigations are on-going.

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