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January

Buncefield rebuild in doubt
06 January, 2006

Safety fears mean that the Buncefield oil terminal in Hemel Hempstead may never be rebuilt. That’s the view of both the Petrol Retailers’ Association (PRA) and the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA). PRA director Ray Holloway said: “It seems unlikely that Buncefield will ever be rebuilt as it was – its proximity to the developed area around the depot means that the planning authority and safety officers will probably resist any plans to rebuild.”

Building starts on new biodiesel plant
06 January, 2006

The £1.5 billion European fuels business, Greenergy International, plans to step up its presence in the UK market as it starts construction of a £13.5 million biodiesel production plant in Humberside.

Top marks for spot checks on gauges
06 January, 2006

Trading Standards chiefs say they are delighted with the results of spot-checks carried out on tyre pressure gauges over the Christmas season. Checks were made at 14 different forecourts in Leicester with “the vast majority” of gauges either reading correctly or within accepted tolerances of 10%. This meant that when the ‘master’ gauge used in the tests registered 30psi, the forecourt gauges read between 33 and 27 psi.

ACS slams test schemes
06 January, 2006

The Association of Convenience Stores has pledged to fight on behalf of retailers, following

'Service' stations must do better
06 January, 2006

Petrol forecourts are falling behind other retail sectors in the customer service stakes, according to a new report. Encouragingly, however, they rank ahead of supermarkets.

NEWS IN BRIEF
06 January, 2006

More than 50 companies will be exhibiting at the International Fuel and Forecourt Equipment Show (IFFE) at the NEC, Birmingham, from March 19-22. This year’s show sees the return of IFFE as an annual event and will provide an unrivalled opportunity to source new products and business solutions, discuss key industry issues and meet influential industry bodies. Forecourt Live will be a main attraction, featuring a series of informative presentations and

NEWS REVIEW 2005
06 January, 2006

January

Buncefield Burner
06 January, 2006

On a normal day the Buncefield depot (Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd) provides the UK with 5% of its road fuel. But in the early hours of Sunday, December 11, 2005, that all changed. An explosion, and subsequent fire which lasted four days, destroyed around 20 tanks holding three million gallons of fuel each. Although 5% might not sound much, a large part of that figure supplied the busy local areas of London and the Home Counties.

Shop Doctor: Bellini's BP Ilkeston, Derbyshire
06 January, 2006

The multi prize-winning Bellini’s supermarket and BP forecourt is situated on the busy main road between Ilkeston and Heanor and opposite the Ilkeston Community Hospital.

Database: Stay in control, the easy way
06 January, 2006

We mentioned last month the challenge faced by many retailers today of finding the time to keep proper bookkeeping records, on top of all the other duties they’re expected to perform. The response from retailers is best summed up by one comment: “I sometimes feel that I could only do all of the jobs I am expected to do if I were an octopus”. In other words, the retailer would need eight arms to be able to juggle his roles between sites – although presumably, even then, he’d need more than 24 hours in a day to do so.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?