Fuel ex­perts ride to res­cue in cri­sis

TANKS EMP­TIED: Firm helps out su­per­mar­kets as mo­torists suf­fer prob­lems

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SPE­CIAL­ISTS from South­ern Coun­ties Fu­els in Ash­ford have been help­ing ito re­solve the con­tam­i­nated fuel cri­sis af­fect­ing mo­torists across the re­gion.

Work­ers from the Or­bital In­dus­trial Park de­pot in Sev­ing­ton were among the teams called out last week to re­move prob­lem fuel from the fore­courts of lead­ing re­tail­ers.

Al­though not re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply of the con­tam­i­nated un­leaded fuel, it proved a busi­ness boost for the com­pany.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Don­ald said: “We have been act­ing as project man­ager for the whole lo­gis­tics process of fuel up­lift­ing.

Fore­courts

“It is a time-con­sum­ing process.

“When fuel sup­plies are de­liv­ered to fore­courts, tankers can un­load 38,000 litres in 45 min­utes.

“Up­lift­ing is to­tally dif­fer­ent and only around 5,000 litres of fuel can be re­moved from the un­der­ground tanks ev­ery hour.”

Em­ploy­ees were flexible with their work­ing pat­terns to en­sure that su­per­mar­ket fore­courts could get back to nor­mal trad­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Mr Don­ald added: “As an inde- pen­dent fuel com­pany over many years, we have ac­cu­mu­lated the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to pro­vide ser­vices out­side our core busi­ness which are of a spe­cialised na­ture, re­quir­ing flex­i­bil­ity cou­pled with high health, safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.”

South­ern Coun­ties Fu­els sup­plies do­mes­tic heat­ing oil as well as of­fer­ing a range of ser­vices to the com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial mar­kets.

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