Northern Ireland

New technology to deal with oil spills at NW200

NW200 road races
Image caption The organisers hope there will be minimal interruption to racing this year

A County Down company has been employed by the organisers of the North West 200 to deal with any potential oil spills during race week.

Last year, the event was abandoned after only one race following a series of setbacks, including heavy rain, a security alert and an oil spill on the circuit.

However, this year Rostrevor firm Tergo Solutions will be on stand-by to ensure any oil spillages are cleared quickly and effectively.

Established by Barry Tinnelly in 2000, it is said to be only company in Ireland and one of only two in the UK, to have specialised, state-of-the-art equipment to clean oil spills.

Mr Tinnelly said the company had invested in the latest technology.

'Cleared quickly'

"We work within strict regulations regarding oil spillages and will have a fully-equipped 7.5 tonne vehicle available throughout North West 200," he said.

"We have recently been awarded our ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation and are committed to using environmentally friendly techniques to try and help protect and preserve our environment."

Tergo Solutions' current client list includes councils throughout Northern Ireland as well as sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte said: "Last year's race day was frustrating for riders, spectators and organisers alike and we were keen to do everything in our power to ensure all our races go ahead as planned.

"Having Tergo Solutions onboard this year will mean any oil spillages can be cleared quickly and interruption to racing will be minimal."

The North West 200 is one of Northern Ireland's top sporting events, attracting more than 100,000 spectators to the famous nine mile circuit each year.

The week-long festival generates an estimated £7.7m for the Northern Ireland economy.

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