Waitrose HQ transport fuelling facilities
Waitrose, the supermarket arm of the John Lewis Partnership has completed a major revamp of its transport depot fuelling facilities. The main objectives for this investment were to improve efficiency, reduce environmental risk and help implement better controls on fuel usage
The most significant change has been the decommissioning of all underground fuel storage which has now been replaced by three self-bunded above ground tanks each providing 120,000 litres capacity. Two of these are assigned to road diesel, whilst the third tank is divided into two compartments, providing 80,000 and 40,000 litres for red diesel and Adblue respectively.
The tanks were manufactured and installed by Ledbury Welding & Engineering. The two tanks act as a unified store, using an automatic switching system to ensure that the fuel is dispensed as delivered, on a first-in-first-out basis, to preserve optimum fuel quality.
“In addition to road diesel, red diesel is used to power the trailer refrigeration packs. Adblue is an essential additive now required by law to clean up the vehicle exhaust emissions,” explains Waitrose transport support manager, Steve Fry.
“Previously these were all dispensed from different locations and methods for stock control. By combing them all onto a single location, we can implement a single management regime covering all of the vehicle fuelling transactions.
Steve Fry continues: “In addition to better measurement and therefore control over our fuel usage, we have reduced the number of vehicle movements on the site, which also helps to improve our local HQ environment.”
Currently Waitrose operates a transport fleet of over 100 articulated trucks and twice as many trailers, to maintain daily bulk deliveries across the country to serve its network of 339 stores. As well as these long distance operations to regional distribution centres, Waitrose also use a number of smaller delivery vans for home delivery services. This activity continues to expand to meet the growing demand from customers switching over to online shopping.
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