Fuel's tyranny of distance
AUSTRALIA runs on diesel, like it or not.
And getting fuel to where it is needed is an ongoing battle against the tyranny of distance.
Fuel distribution service providers face this reality every day.
IOR Petroleum delivers fuel to the outback but can also provide total fuel supply, fuel storage, fuel monitoring and fuel reporting solutions for the agriculture, mining, transport and oil and gas sectors.
Its fleet of tankers can deliver bulk diesel fuel to customers in regional and remote areas around Queensland, NSW, Northern Territory and South Australia.
If you live within 300km of one of their main depots, or are near one of the major cities of Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Adelaide, they can deliver bulk fuel ranging from 5000L to 100,000L to a site near you.
IOR's tanker fleet comprises ultra-modern rigid tankers, B-doubles, AB triple combinations and road trains in double and triple trailer combinations that are all less than three years old and that are, particularly in their larger combinations, specified and built to deal with rough unsealed roads.
Their delivery capacity and their fuel supply network are both enormous and includes more than 50 24-hour seven day a week manned and unmanned diesel stops and fuel depots in regional and remote locations across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia.
And that network is expanding.
IOR's name originates from Inland Oil Refinery, the company's own refinery at Eromanga in far south- western Queensland.
On the metro and urban landscape, PUMA Energy has more than 270 retail sites and 20 depots across Australia.
It operates its own tanker fleet that it says delivers more than a billion litres of fuel annually.
Australian-owned United operates an extensive network of fuel outlets across the country including an increasing number of branded but unmanned 24-hour seven day sites.
United operates its own tanker fleet but also has an increasing network of distributors that includes Country Petroleum, South West Qld Fuel Supplies and Glenmar Fuels in Queensland and Fuels West in Western Australia.
Australia has many distribution companies from small regional operations to mega long haul corporations.