Doc­tor on case

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In 1985, the dis­pute be­tween Queens­land’s Premier, Joh Bjelke Peter­son, and the Elec­tri­cal Trade Union (ETU), re­sulted in Bris­bane’s CBD hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of emer­gency power gen­er­a­tors in Aus­tralia – giv­ing Fuel Doc­tors its first client; the State Gov­ern­ment.

Gov­ern­ment build­ings have dozens of un­der­ground emer­gency fuel tanks with thou­sands of litres of diesel, stored year af­ter year, ox­i­dis­ing and de­grad­ing to the point of com­pro­mis­ing the in­fra­struc­ture they sup­port.

Ninety per cent of re­fined fuel is con­sumed within 90 days of man­u­fac­ture and 90 per cent of fuel in emer­gency power gen­er­a­tors is rarely con­sumed within 900 days. These facts were the ba­sis of Fuel Doc­tors’ busi­ness plan in 1990.

The preser­va­tion of the “as­set” – be­ing the fuel, and the pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance and in­tegrity of the “in­fra­struc­ture” – be­ing the fuel tank, were then, and still are to­day, the fun­da­men­tal foun­da­tion of Fuel Doc­tors busi­ness phi­los­o­phy.

With CBD un­der­ground diesel tanks hav­ing a life ex­pectancy of 25-35 years and high-rise build­ings 75-100 years, pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance is of para­mount im­por­tance to main­tain these as­sets.

Emer­gency gen­er­a­tor tanks are in­stalled in the foun­da­tions of build­ings and de­signed with ac­cess for in­ter­nal clean­ing. Ser­vice sta­tions, truck stops and ma­rina stor­age tanks are not!

To re­move ac­cu­mu­lated de­bris from these tanks pre­sented Fuel Doc­tors with a chal­lenge lead­ing to de­vel­op­ment of a chem­i­cal for­mu­la­tion that re­leases and dis­perses tank bot­tom de­bris into the fuel for re­moval via cen­trifuge and fil­tra­tion – that chem­i­cal was chris­tened Fuel Doc­tor.

The abil­ity to clean in­ac­ces­si­ble fuel tanks of any size, in-situ, with­out re­mov­ing them, pre­sented a fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal ad­van­tage for own­ers and man­agers fac­ing such a dilemma.

Clean­ing boat tanks, treated with Cas­trol DFC (diesel fuel con­di­tioner), showed it was not up to the task of main­tain­ing tank clean­li­ness. A meet­ing with Cas­trol was con­vened, field tri­als were un­der­taken from 1996 un­til DFC was deleted and a joint brand­ing dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment be­tween Cas­trol and Fuel Doc­tors was es­tab­lished in May 2000.

BP’s pur­chase of Cas­trol that same year re­sulted in BP’s Diesel Go ad­di­tive be­ing deleted. How­ever, in­ter­nal pol­i­tics en­sured Fuel Doc­tor would only be avail­able through in­dus­trial out­lets.

In 2002, Su­perCheap Auto started sell­ing Fuel Doc­tor, fa­cil­i­tat­ing a cost-ef­fec­tive in­dus­trial strength for­mu­la­tion of a sin­gle prod­uct for all fuel types and ap­pli­ca­tions, in a sin­gle bot­tle.

Fuel Doc­tors’ core busi­ness of fuel tank clean­ing en­sures hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence to fa­cil­i­tate on­go­ing R&D of its for­mula in the face of ever-chang­ing fuel qual­ity, and the ne­ces­sity to main­tain clean­li­ness and op­ti­mum lu­bric­ity in mod­ern com­mon rail diesel and petrol en­gines.

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