Major marine fuelling point opens at Blyth

Pete George
Pete George – looking forward to working alongside the Geos Group to ‘capture the many growth opportunities it offers’
A new strategic marine fuel distribution alliance between Phillips 66 and the Geos Group has been formed at the Port of Blyth.
The UK’s largest independent marine gas oil supplier, the Geos Group owns the recently opened fuel storage facility in Blyth and has joined forces with Phillips 66 which will be operating all ex-rack road loading services from the site.
From Blyth, the Phillips 66 and Geos Group partnership will supply fuel by road to vessels in ports throughout the north east of the UK, including Grangemouth, Tyne & Wear and Tees. The new alliance will also service ports in the north west, including Liverpool, Birkenhead and Barrow-in-Furness.
The new £6million+ marine gas oil supply facility on the Blyth Estuary was built at the port’s Bates Terminal during 2014, and operations began in February 2015. The tank farm has a total capacity of 15 million litres of fuel, and is expected to supply a wide range of vessels operating in the North Sea energy sector.
Pete George, managing director of Phillips 66 UK & Ireland Marketing comments: “With more than 130 years of experience behind us, this new venture is helping Phillips 66 to shape the changing energy landscape. This alliance with a strong, strategic partner opens up opportunities for Phillips 66, and strengthens our supply position in this region. We are delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting endeavour, and we look forward to working alongside the Geos Group to capture the many growth opportunities it offers.”
Geos Group’s managing director, Barry Newton, adds: “Launching Blyth as a major fuelling point for ship operators in the north east has been a great step forward for the Geos Group. I am delighted that we have formed a mutually beneficial road distribution relationship with Phillips 66, with whom we have been doing business for many years.”