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Harefield oil terminal increases capacity to 1.3 million litres

The oil terminal, on Harvil Road, is now the second largest in west London after launching a new bunkering facility

Certas Energy launch new facility

An oil terminal in Harefield now has a new bunkering facility, increasing capacity to 1.3m litres and making it the second largest in west London.

Harefield Oil Terminal, in Harvil Road, now represents one of the largest development projects commissioned by Certas Energy, after a £1m investment.

The company invested in Harefield in response to demand from the market, to provide a "much needed" fuel source and security of supply for customers in the capital, Home Counties and the South East.

Part of the redevelopment included the construction of a ‘Pump Island’, with multiple fuelling points, to improve the refuelling experience, in terms of speed and efficiency, for commercial customers.

The formal opening of the developed terminal, attended by Deputy Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr John Hensley and Deputy Mayoress of Hillingdon Diane Hensley, was held on Wednesday (September 30).

Speaking on the day, Alex Ward, regional manager for Advance Fuels, a part of Certas Energy, said: “Today is an important day for myself and the team here at Harefield as it sees us reach the conclusion of a complex redevelopment project, which has transformed the site into the modern facility we have here today.

“There are many aspects of this project, other than the physical construction of the terminal, which I’m proud of.

"In terms of the staff capability, we now have 18 employees on site, plus we’ve launched a Sales Apprentice Scheme in conjunction with Sussex Downs College.

“This is the first apprentice scheme offered by [Certas Energy], which is proving beneficial to the company and the Apprentices, and I hope to extend the initiative further across my region.”

Staff and visitors celebrate facility at official launch

London and the South East had seen a sharp decline in fuel storage and supply over the past ten 10 years, as a result of the closure of the Buncefield Oil Terminal and Coryton Refinery.

During the launch event, guests were treated to a tour of the site plus a fully catered meal from award winning chef, Andy Waugh, and an inspirational speech from guest presenter Phil Bevan, Designer and Founder of Trident Cars, which produced the ‘World’s Fastest Diesel Car’.

Certas Energy is one of the largest distributors of fuels and lubricants in Britain, with a delivery network of more than 150 depots, nearly 1,000 tankers and 2,500 employees, which also supports the local community, recently donating a defibrillator unit to Hillingdon Athletics Stadium alongside its corporate charity partner, the Oliver King Foundation.

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