Talking Point

What is the best Christmas present for a fuel distributor?

LIKE BING CROSBY IN THAT CHRISTMAS PERENNIAL MANY FUEL DISTRIBUTORS ARE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS…. …..or to be more accurate one of those very dry, frosty, bitterly cold winters with no snow thus ensuring that tankers can deliver ‘shed Read more »

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“Are your drivers ready for Driver CPC?”

As the 10th September deadline looms, the race is on for operators to ensure drivers have completed the required 35 hours of Driver CPC training According to figures issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency earlier this year of Read more »

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What proactive methods do you use when selling to customers? 

Jordan Ingoe, Ingoe Oils “At Ingoe Oils we like to take a proactive approach to selling. Firstly and most importantly we always make sure we know the geographical area that we want to target and the customer sector populating it Read more »

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“Do you expect domestic customers to desert oil in favour of renewables?”

New figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show the south west is leading the switch from oil to renewable forms of heating such as biomass boilers and heat pumps Matt Lockhart, WP Group “Renewable sources of Read more »

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Do you see issues with the introduction of Euro VI or do you welcome it as positive step towards increasing energy efficiency?

Paul Day, Turners( Soham) “Euro VI is marginally less energy efficient, adds weight and costs more to purchase and maintain, however it has vastly reduced emissions which will reduce air pollution. Overall it has added cost to the industry – something Read more »

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“Do you agree with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) that the Province should have more oil buying clubs?”

Donall O’Connor, Value Oils “As Northern Irish oil distributors, we are part of a saturated supply market where consistent pressure on margins exists for all but a few high demand months o the year. Buying groups typically thrive where distributor Read more »

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“Do you have any qualms about independence in Scotland or would you welcome it?”

Jodie Allan, James D Bilsland “I think if Scotland was to gain independence, it would raise a lot of economic and social problems and damage the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK. The VAT rate would most Read more »

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“As the Driver CPC deadline approaches – are you ready?”

Colin Rutherford, Turners (Soham) trading as Lewis Tankers “Sixty per cent of Lewis Tanker drivers have already completed five CPC training modules and have their Driver Qualification Card. Our aim is to ensure all our remaining drivers have the required 35 hours to Read more »

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What is your opinion as to the likely impact of Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive?

Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by 6% by allocating values to the source of crude under six options 0 – 5, where 0 = ‘as is’ and 5 = full crude differentiation Tamara Read more »

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In the light of the Purvin & Gertz report discussed in FON’s July issue, are you worried about the UK’s refining resilience?

Pete George, Phillips 66 “Phillips 66 plays a key role in providing a secure supply of petroleum products to the UK markets via its Humber Refinery. We are very pleased that the recent Energy and Climate Change Committee Inquiry: UK Read more »

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