Cen­tu­rion builds up its bulk fu­els haulage po­si­tion

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Cen­tu­rion has seen its WA bulk fu­els haulage mar­ket pres­ence grow, with a Viva En­ergy con­tract and ac­quir­ing part of Fuel Trans Aus­tralia’s busi­ness

TRANS­PORT AND LO­GIS­TICS firm Cen­tu­rion has seen its Western Aus­tralian bulk fu­els haulage mar­ket pres­ence grow, nail­ing a Viva En­ergy con­tract and ac­quir­ing part of Fuel Trans Aus­tralia’s busi­ness. The care­fully ex­pan­sion­ist Perth-head­quar­tered na­tional car­rier puts its road de­liv­ery vol­umes now at more than 1.2 bil­lion litres an­nu­ally.

Ac­cord­ing to Cen­tu­rion chief ex­ec­u­tive Justin Car­daci, the move is con­sis­tent with its long-term busi­nesses strat­egy to in­crease mar­ket share and it pro­vides Cen­tu­rion with a “unique op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture growth”.

“We are a well-es­tab­lished and trusted Western Aus­tralian com­pany that has been suc­cess­fully in­volved in the bulk fu­els haulage mar­ket for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time and this is a nat­u­ral area for us to ex­pand our busi­ness,” Car­daci says.

Cen­tu­rion, which al­ready op­er­ates un­der con­tract with Viva En­ergy in the north­west, has been awarded a mul­ti­year con­tract ex­tend­ing that com­pany’s work through­out the Gold­fields re­gion, giv­ing the busi­ness a strong foothold in the area.

Un­der the con­tract, which be­gins later this year, Cen­tu­rion will de­liver fu­els and bulk lu­bri­cants from Viva En­ergy’s Kal­go­or­lie base to sites as far as Meekatharra and Esper­ance.

New fuel trail­ers re­quired for ser­vic­ing the con­tract will be man­u­fac­tured in Aus­tralia, un­der­lin­ing Cen­tu­rion’s com­mit­ment to lo­cal con­tent.

Cen­tu­rion has also ac­quired part of Fuel Trans Aus­tralia’s busi­ness, in­clud­ing the short- and line-haul con­tracts op­er­at­ing from Perth and Kal­go­or­lie.

The ac­qui­si­tion in­cludes more than 50 ve­hi­cle assets and will see Cen­tu­rion take over a num­ber of metropoli­tan and re­gional bulk fuel haulage con­tracts from Fuel Trans.

“Cen­tu­rion is a fi­nan­cially strong and sta­ble busi­ness that un­der­stands the in­dus­try and of­fers safe and re­li­able sup­ply chain so­lu­tions to our cus­tomers,” Car­daci says. “The ac­qui­si­tion of part of the Fuel Trans Aus­tralia busi­ness pro­vides us the op­por­tu­nity to grow our busi­ness in key re­gions na­tion­ally on the back of these new ser­vices, while the con­tract with Viva En­ergy re­quires us to es­tab­lish a ma­jor fu­els de­pot out of our Kal­go­or­lie branch.”

Cen­tu­rion has op­er­ated in the Kal­go­or­lie re­gion since the 1990s and Car­daci says the new con­tract would “fur­ther un­der­pin con­tin­ued and on­go­ing sup­port for the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

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