The parent company for Isle of Wight Fuels (IOWF), Motor Fuel Group, carried out staff consultations and a detailed examination of the trading options before deciding to cease trading on 7th August 2020. The closure of the depot, which had been trading for 60 years, resulted in concerns over the knock-on effects for customers and companies in the supply chain.
In the run up to the closure of IOWF depot, supermarkets on the Island were sourcing their own supplies, delivered by road tankers. Smaller, more rural filling stations were still being supplied by IOWF and Certas Energy the supply of which was coming from the East Cowes fuel depot before closure.
At the time, Certas said: “We currently supply around a third of the fuel on the Isle of Wight across the various sectors. We are working closely with all of the relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure continuity of supply for the whole island.”
Certas Energy has submitted plans to the Isle of Wight Council to install three 125,000 litre fuel tanks, an office building, switch room, external lighting, fencing and parking at the Island Technology Park on Whippingham Road, Isle of Wight.
The plans for the new depot also propose five HGV parking spaces, to be installed on the plot directly behind the CECAMM science and technology centre, along with space for staff an visitor car parking.