New customers for the Merridale web-based fuel management service FuelWorks, include Collier Haulage of Pontypool, South Wales. This family owned business has set up a depot fuelling station, enabling the owner to reap the benefits of bulk purchasing fuel supplies at spot market prices.

“Currently our fleet comprises 25 articulated trailers and fuel usage is running at around 15,000 litres a week,” explains the firm’s proprietor Gregg Griffiths.  “Whilst third party bunker account services have served us well in the past, our business has now grown to a level where we can achieve better economies through bulk purchasing.

“In-house fuelling gives us absolute control of our main operating cost. It also saves time because depot fuelling is more convenient and vehicle journeys can be planned more efficiently.”

“In-house fuelling gives us absolute control of our main operating cost. It also saves time because depot fuelling is more convenient and vehicle journeys can be planned more efficiently.”

A Merridale pump dispenser with integral transaction monitoring was specified as part of a complete fuelling solution supplied by Ledbury Welding & Engineering. Based on a tank providing 45,000 litres storage capacity, the installation incorporates electronics contents gauging, enabling fuel status to be streamed continuously online. This feature includes a sudden drop alarm, an important security feature for remote locations.

Gregg Griffiths continues. “The Merridale service gives us the tools to track usage and monitor our current stock levels.  This information, together with the large capacity tank, allows us to make smarter procurement decisions. We can set up re-order alerts, allowing time to track prices and negotiate best prices per 36,000 litres, full tanker load.”

He concluded by saying. “Ledbury has provided a resilient solution, built to good engineering standards. With an annual throughput of stock worth more than £750,000, we did not want to make any compromise on build quality or performance.