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GreenSky prepares to land in Thurrock

16 April 2014

Greenergy has reached agreement with Solena fuels in partnership with British Airways to become the site project facilitator for GreenSky, the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel, at Thames Enterprise Park.

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Thames Enterprise Park is being developed on the site of the former Coryton refinery in Thurrock, Essex, using land not required for construction of the Thames Oilport import terminal.

Andrew Owens, Chief Executive of Greenergy said:

"This is an ideal site for a biofuel initiative like Solena's and we are very pleased to be associated with it. The site provides a riverside location on the Thames, adjacent to Thames Oilport, with fuel storage and fuel pipelines and good road, rail and jetty infrastructure.

"Thames Enterprise Park's main goal is to provide regeneration of the former Coryton oil refinery following its closure in 2012. The facility proposed by British Airways and Solena is exactly the type of high profile technology project both we and Thurrock Council want to attract to the site, particularly given the number of skilled jobs provided."

Greenergy's approach to safety is recognised by RoSPA Gold Awards

28 March 2014

Greenergy's Plymouth fuel terminal and biodiesel manufacturing facility at Immingham have both been awarded RoSPA Gold awards for occupational health and safety.

The awards recognise Greenergy's commitment to ensuring the highest standards of health and safety performance and management.

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Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive said:

"Over the last 18 months operational responsibility for both these facility has been brought in-house. These awards recognise the continuous improvement at both sites, with the Plymouth terminal progressing from a silver award last year and our biodiesel manufacturing facility demonstrating improvement on every measure of health and safety performance.

"We're making significant infrastructure investments at the current time, so it's critically important that our approach to safety is of the highest standard."

Greenergy's approach to safety is based on detailed and open reporting and structured follow-up. Every individual working in the business is encouraged to report near misses and hazards, however small, so they can be followed up and more serious incidents prevented. Every incident is logged, investigated, tracked and resolved through dedicated central SHE management software. This information is analysed and shared throughout the company to ensure that lessons are learnt across all parts of the business.

The RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. The scheme not only looks at accident records, but also entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Thames Enterprise Park

12 February 2014

Around 400 acres of riverside industrial land on the Thames Estuary in Thurrock, Essex, is being readied for potential industrial occupiers. Thames Enterprise Park is strategically located with good road access, via the A13, to J30/31 of the M25 (12 miles) and Central London (40 miles). It benefits from an existing railhead, jetty and pipeline infrastructure.

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Identified by Thurrock Council as a potential centre of excellence in energy and environmental technology, the location is also suitable for a wide range of production, power generation, storage and logistics uses, alongside supply chain companies in those sectors. Occupiers may be able to take advantage of energy infrastructure, such as the UK Oil Pipeline, high pressure gas supplies and high voltage power lines, as well as synergies with the adjacent superport, London Gateway, and oil import terminal, Thames Oilport.

Immediately available is 110 acres on the river with jetty access, situated adjacent to London Gateway. Additional land currently occupied by the main refinery structures could become available as early as 2017 following their demolition and sale. The owners are undertaking a significant amount of site due diligence work pending construction works to prepare serviced development plots.

Early estimates suggest that as many as 2,000 permanent jobs could be accommodated on the site, more than replacing in number those lost when the refinery closed in June 2012. If Thames Enterprise Park achieves its ambition of attracting high technology occupiers, the jobs created will provide skilled opportunities and diversification of the local employment base. Higher education, further education and skills training partners are being sought to support the local workforce in taking up the sector-specific opportunities created.

A bid was made in March 2013 to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to designate Thames Enterprise Park as an Enterprise Zone. Designation would facilitate remediation of the former-refinery land and support upgrading of the site's existing infrastructure. Public funding is also potentially available for infrastructure and to support occupiers for education and training initiatives.

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, commented, "The loss of the refinery was a blow to the local economy, as well as the national one, but the ideas being put forward for the area now are really exciting, again on a local and a national – if not international – level and will enhance Thurrock's growing position as the powerhouse of Britain's economic recovery."

Graham Alexander, Head of Business Development for Thames Enterprise Park, comments, "The enormous potential of the site became apparent when we started receiving multiple expressions of interest from would-be occupiers despite a lack of active marketing."

Paul Mussi, Partner of Knight Frank, who is advising, commented, "This is one of the largest industrial development sites within the North Thames Gateway. Whilst it is focused on the technological industrial occupier market, it will also appeal to a multitude of different types of industrial and warehouse occupiers who want sites with good links to the London Conurbation, but need to be some distance from neighbouring residential dwellings, which tend to impact on use and development. Thames Enterprise Park boasts good road connections, alternative rail and sea logistics options and has excellent potential to provide development platforms. It is not surprising that we are already in serious discussions with several occupiers who are interested in relatively large tracts of land like this, which are in scarce supply elsewhere in the region."

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Greenergy creates new business in Dubai

27 January 2014

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced the opening of a new office in Dubai and the start of a new business called Greenergy Asia DMCC, led by Tirath Magdani, recently appointed as CEO Greenergy Asia.

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The aim of the business is to:

  • Further develop Greenergy's global supply platform by co-investing in supply partnerships for oil products and biofuel feedstock in Asia, the Middle East and India; and
  • Develop local opportunities for supply of logistical services based around the Greenergy Flexigrid logistical systems and expertise.

Following its purchase of former refineries on Teesside and at Thames Oilport in the United Kingdom, Greenergy now has the benefit of deep water product jetties and is able to bring product on large LR1 and LR2 type vessels direct from the Middle East and Asia to the UK market. The opening of the new office is part of developing these import opportunities.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Group Chief Executive said:

"With deep water jetties at Thames Oilport and Greenergy North Tees and additional storage at both locations, we now have the infrastructure to move oil products from Asia and the Middle East directly to the UK."

Tirath Magdani, CEO Greenergy Asia said:

"Greenergy Asia DMCC, registered in Dubai, has been established to forge closer trading and supply relationships with Middle Eastern and Asian fuel and feedstock producers. I am looking forward to introducing Greenergy as a customer and business partner in these very exciting markets."

East coast flooding

East coast flooding: Update

14 January 2014

We continue to make progress towards resuming manufacturing at our biodiesel facility at Immingham. All equipment damage has been assessed and replacement critical equipment has been ordered from manufacturers, with delivery of major equipment commencing in February. In the meantime the site has been stabilised and a programme of repairs is already well underway. Re-commissioning of the plant will commence in a phased way soon after the critical equipment is installed.

We are pleased to have been able to maintain normal supply to our customers throughout this period.

 

East coast flooding

East coast flooding

6 December 2013

Our biodiesel manufacturing facility at Immingham was affected by flood water on 5 December following the worse tidal flooding seen on the east coast of the UK for 60 years.

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We would like to commend our staff for the way in which they handled this difficult situation. The facility was shut down safely in advance of the flooding, there was no loss of containment and no one was hurt.

There has been damage to electrical systems and at this point in time we cannot give a date for re-opening the facility.

We have been able to move esterified product out of the site and we do not expect an interruption in supply to our customers going forward.

 

Greenergy Fuels Canada

Greenergy announces its first fuel sales in Ontario, Canada

8 May 2013

Greenergy today announced that has begun supplying diesel, gasoline and biofuel to customers in Canada, with the first sales through Vopak's new road loading facilities at the Hamilton terminal.

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Since announcing its intention last year to establish a new fuel supply business in Southwestern Ontario, Greenergy has been putting in place the infrastructure to ensure resilient supply. Works have been carried out at Vopak's Hamilton terminal to provide Greenergy with the most advanced road loading system in the Greater Toronto area, on an exclusive basis. Refurbishments, including the installation of bio-blending, have also been completed to allow for efficient supply of gasoline, diesel and biofuel.

Mike Healey, Director, Greenergy Fuels Canada said:

"We've been talking to many potential customers over the last four months and there is clearly appetite for a new breed of fuel supplier in the Canadian market. We intend to be just that - to provide innovation and continuous improvement and to exceed the expectations of our customers at all times.

"Our strategy in Canada will be the same as that of our UK parent, to supply competitively priced fuel combined with the highest levels of customer service, supply reliability, operational efficiency and sustainability."

Bruce Wood, Hamilton Port Authority President & CEO;

"We're pleased to see this new investment, leveraging the Port of Hamilton's multimodal infrastructure and strategic location within the Ontario region."

Greenergy intends to expand to other supply locations in Canada in due course.

Independent forecourts

Greenergy expands fuel supply offer for independent petrol retailers to include the Esso and Nisa brands

14 February 2013

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced that it has added the Esso and Nisa brands to its offer for independent dealerships. This now combines fuel supply with a choice of oil major, convenience, new independent and dealer-own brands, as well as a range of support services.

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Greenergy reached an agreement with Esso last September to take over fuel supply to Esso dealers in Northern England, North Wales and Scotland, but the agreement was subject to review by the dealers affected. Following a successful review period, Greenergy today begins supplying Esso quality fuel to 90 existing Esso dealers and is now able to offer the Esso brand, with Esso quality fuel supply, to non-Esso dealers. At sites under the Esso brand, customers can continue to use their Esso cards and can expect the same buying experience.

Separately, Greenergy has also reached an agreement with the award-winning Nisa Retail Limited to market its brands in the UK, extending the Nisa symbols from stores to forecourt.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive said:

"Many independent forecourts are telling us that they want different solutions for different sites, so we're creating the freedom to choose what's right for each forecourt. Our offer gives the flexibility of site-specific brand and service options, plus the convenience and cost benefits of buying from a single national supplier."

Raj Krishan, Retail Development Director at Nisa said,

"Many of our retail members operate petrol stations with onsite stores and so we're delighted to be able to support these members by extending our offering from the store to the forecourt. Through this exciting partnership with Greenergy, we're now able to offer our members fuel supply under a choice of forecourt brands, including the Nisa and Loco symbol, with the operating efficiencies and high service levels for which Greenergy is renowned."

 

Notes to editors:

Greenergy is a leading national provider of road fuel with significant infrastructure and service capability. Today it supplies in excess of 10 billion litres of petrol, diesel and biofuel annually – one quarter of all the road fuel sold in Britain. Its customers include major oil companies and supermarkets, independent petrol retailers, fuel resellers and fleet users such as bus and logistics companies.

Greenergy's dealer offer provides transparently priced fuel supply plus a range of optional extras such as haulage, wet stock management or pay at pump. Dealers are free to use an existing brand or have access to a portfolio of brands including Esso, Nisa and ST1.

 

More information about our fuel supply offer for independent forecourts.

 

Greenergy North Tees terminal

Greenergy named 2013 oil and gas sector leader by Forest Footprint Disclosure

30th January 2013

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, was yesterday named oil and gas sector leader by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) in its fourth annual report. FFD encourages big business to recognise the impact of their use of "forest risk" commodities (biofuels, soy, palm oil, timber and cattle products) on the world's forests and to disclose their use of these commodities.

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Announcing its third Annual Review, James Hulse, Director of FFD said:

"The debate about use of food-grade feedstocks for biofuel and sustainable supply for bio-energy this year has meant that the Oil and Gas sector has been under considerable scrutiny. Those companies responding to FFD continue to demonstrate responsibility, offering market differentiation underpinned by sophisticated feedstock control systems and FFD is delighted that Greenergy has continued to lead this good work." Greenergy Managing Director, Tamara Earley said:

"We are proud to be recognised again by FFD for our leadership role in the global oil and gas sector. We implement traceability, risk assessment and sustainability controls for the feedstocks in every litre of biofuel we supply, but we also differentiate in our use of waste materials instead of crops and in our approach to disclosure. "We now manufacture significant quantities of biofuel from waste, replacing crops with waste streams from the food industry and thereby minimising the direct and indirect impact of our biofuel usage on forest commodities.

"We also share FFD's views on the importance of disclosure. By making available detailed information about the origin of our biofuel supply, we correct inaccurate assumptions, manage reputational risk and, most importantly, focus our own organization on continuous improvement."

Separately, Greenergy was also yesterday named as Low Carbon Champion by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. This award celebrates outstanding and innovative practice in accelerating the shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and reducing road transport emissions.

"Greenergy has shown leadership in the developing the biofuels market in the UK for many years. The investment at North Cave will push the boundaries of sustainable low carbon biodiesel further still and will deliver benefits for the UK economy and the environment".

Greenergy North Tees terminal

Greenergy North Tees terminal update: commencement of diesel, gasoil and kerosene supply

29th November 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced that it has commenced diesel, gasoil and kerosene supply from its terminal at Teesside, now known as Greenergy North Tees.

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The North Tees facility was already closed when it was acquired by Greenergy in July 2012, having ceased commercial operation earlier in the year following the Administration of Petroplus Refining Teesside Ltd. Since taking over at the terminal Greenergy has undertaken a condition survey and made certain improvements prior to commencing supply.

The company now intends to make further significant investments at the site in order to create an integrated supply system for petrol and diesel in the North East and a new hub for its rail distribution network.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive, commented:

"Our North Tees terminal will complement our existing petrol manufacturing facilities on Teesside, by adding the infrastructure for a new rail head, our own jetty capable of receiving large diesel ships and product interchange between terminal locations."

Planned improvements at North Tees over the next 18 months include:

  • Jetty modifications;
  • A new pipeline to link Greenergy North Tees to other terminals in the Teesside area;
  • Refurbishment to tankage and road loading facilities;
  • Enhancements to IT.

The project at North Tees follows investments by Greenergy in storage and distribution facilities at amongst others Thames Oilport (2012, joint venture between Vopak, Greenergy and Shell), Cardiff (2010), Teesside (2009), Plymouth (2008) and West Thurrock (2008).

Greenergy continues to supply petrol, diesel and gasoil from Vopak Terminal Teesside.

Greenergy driver

Greenergy works with tanker drivers on safety

27th November 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, is installing new equipment at its supply locations in order to improve safety for drivers when they fill their road tankers with fuel.

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The initiative, instigated following a safety walk involving driver and shop steward Dean Lawrence and Greenergy Chief Executive Andrew Owens, introduces drip trays to prevent the potential build-up of petrol and diesel residue in the loading bay area.

Dean Lawrence said:

"The drip trays are simple but effective. By collecting even the smallest leaks of fuel from the loading arms, they help keep the loading area clean and reduce potential slip hazards. These are practical things that make a real difference.

"As senior shop steward for Unite, I'm encouraged by Greenergy's willingness to engage with its drivers and with the union on safety matters. It's an approach others in the industry should follow."

Andrew Owens said:

"Our drivers are obviously best placed to observe potential safety issues as part of their daily routine. We want to harness that knowledge to deliver safety improvements on an ongoing basis.

"We have an official safety representative for Greenergy Flexigrid at all of our operating centres, but we also encourage all drivers to come forward with observations and ideas at any time. I personally take a lead on this and aim to meet all our drivers at least once a year."

The drip trays have already been installed at West Thurrock, Plymouth, North Tees, Eastham and Clydebank and are on order for Grays and Vopak Teesside.

Greenergy Fuels Canada

Greenergy launches new fuel supply business in Canada

1st November 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of gasoline and diesel, today announces that during the second quarter of 2013, it will begin supplying diesel, gasoline and biofuel in Southwestern Ontario.

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Greenergy has been a successful supplier of fuel in the UK for nearly 20 years, and today supplies more than a quarter of the UK road fuel market. It is now looking to continue that success internationally, building on its existing UK, US and Brazilian operations.

Paul Bateson, Chief Operating Officer of Greenergy's international operations and Director of Greenergy Fuels Canada, said:

"In the UK, Greenergy has achieved long-term growth by delivering what every customer ultimately wants – lowest priced fuel combined with the highest levels of customer service, supply resilience, operational efficiency and sustainability. We intend to replicate that strategy in Canada."

Kirby Tremblay and Mike Healey join Greenergy as joint Managing Directors in Canada and bring more than thirty years of combined experience in Canadian petroleum supply and marketing.

Greenergy's first supply location in Canada will be the Vopak terminal at Hamilton, from where it will supply E10 gasoline, ULSD and Ethanol. Significant terminal improvements are being made to enhance the customer experience in this location and to allow Greenergy to supply E10 from Q2 2013.

The company intends to expand to other supply locations in Canada in due course.

Tony Durrant

Appointment of Tony Durrant as Non-Executive Director

9th October 2012

Greenergy announces that Tony Durrant, Finance Director of Premier Oil plc, will be appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director effective 11 October. Tony will chair the Greenergy Audit and Risk Committee.

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Tony joined Premier Oil as Finance Director in June 2005. He started his career as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen before joining Lehman Brothers in London, initially as an oil sector analyst. He joined the investment banking division of Lehman in 1987 and from 1997 was a Managing Director and Head of the European Natural Resources Group. In this role he managed both client relationships and numerous transactions for a variety of European and North American clients.

Paul Lester, Chairman of Greenergy, commented:

"Tony brings significant additional financial and industrial expertise to the Greenergy Board, as well as rigour in corporate governance. We are delighted to have appointed a Non-Executive of his calibre and we look forward to working with him as we continue to deliver on our strategic goals."

Coryton Refinery

Vopak, Greenergy and Shell complete purchase of the former Coryton refinery

1st October 2012

Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell UK Limited today have completed on Friday 28th September the purchase of the assets of the former Coryton refinery with PwC, administrators of Petroplus Refining & Marketing Limited. The transaction follows the earlier announcement by the consortium on 26 June 2012.

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The three companies plan to develop and invest in this facility – to be named Thames Oil Port - to create a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal for oil products to be managed by Vopak. The initial storage capacity will be around 500,000 cubic meters (cbm), with potential to expand to up to 1 million cbm in later stages.

Greenergy train

Greenergy develops its use of rail freight

5th September 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, has developed its use of rail freight by introducing new, larger capacity wagons that will reduce the number of journeys needed to deliver fuel.

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The new wagons, on lease from VTG AG, are bottom loaded to provide a safer working environment by avoiding the need for working at height. In total, the wagons are able to carry 2 million litres of fuel.

Greenergy began moving fuel by rail in January, when the company's rail-fed fuel storage and distribution facilities opened in Cardiff.

Andrew Owens, Chief Executive of Greenergy, commented:

"We are delighted to be using rail freight to move fuel between our terminals, replacing the use of ships and trucks. By using rail instead of ships, we are able to make smaller but more frequent deliveries between our UK storage locations, and thereby increase capacity utilisation and productivity at our terminals."

Teesside Terminal

Greenergy purchases terminal assets at Teesside

26th July 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced that it has purchased assets at the former Petroplus facility in Teesside from the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining Teesside Ltd, PwC.

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Located at Seal Sands, the terminal was previously operated by Petroplus as a diesel storage and supply location but ceased commercial operations shortly after the company went into administration earlier in the year. Greenergy has been supplying its customers in the region from the neighbouring Vopak terminal, where it has invested in fuel manufacturing, storage and distribution facilities.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive, commented:

"The North East is an important hub in our UK fuel infrastructure platform and an area where we have significant sales volume. We will continue to manufacture fuel and supply our customers from the Vopak facility. Once it has been developed, this new site will be integrated into our existing North East system to give additional product and manufacturing capability.

This strategic infrastructure investment follows Greenergy's recent acquisition of assets at the Coryton refinery in a joint venture with Vopak and Shell."

The terminal will remain closed for commercial supply over the next few months while development plans for the site are drawn up in cooperation with the relevant authorities. The plans will include the construction of a new rail head, making Teesside the hub of Greenergy's rail distribution network and allowing efficient movement of fuel between Teesside and its other UK locations by rail rather than by road or ship.

The 20 personnel currently working at the site will remain in employment and will assist in the development planning.

The acquisition follows investments by Greenergy in storage and distribution facilities at Coryton (2012), Cardiff (2010) Teesside (2009), Plymouth (2008) and West Thurrock on the Thames (2008).

Coryton Refinery

Royal Vopak, Greenergy and Shell to develop new import terminal for oil products at Coryton

26th June 2012

Royal Vopak, Greenergy, and Shell UK Limited have reached agreement today with the joint administrators of Petroplus Refining & Marketing Limited, to purchase assets of the former Coryton refinery. The three companies plan to develop and invest in a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal to be managed by Vopak. The initial storage capacity will be around 500,000 cubic meters (cbm), with potential to expand to up to 1 million cbm in later stages.

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Vopak, Greenergy and Shell will be equal shareholders of the new joint venture, which will acquire and develop the assets and the site. After reaching final agreement on the future design and operational capabilities, Vopak, on behalf of the joint venture, will execute the development of this new facility and will operate the terminal when the works have been completed. Greenergy and Shell will sign long-term contracts with the joint venture. The deep water import terminal will play an important role in ensuring a secure supply of oil products to the UK, enabling large import volumes.

The investment will be used to convert components of the current refinery infrastructure for use as a class-leading import terminal and this will involve operational, technical, safety and environmental enhancements to the current infrastructure, including modern blending technology.

Eelco Hoekstra, Chairman of the Executive Board of Vopak: "Following the developments in the refining industry in the current market, we look forward to teaming up with our partners Greenergy and Shell and developing this facility into a state-of-the-art import and distribution terminal at this strategic location, ensuring safe and efficient operations for the UK market."

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive: "This investment will create the UK's first deep water fuel import terminal, making it possible to bring in diesel economically from the most modern refineries anywhere in the world. With diesel sales continuing to grow ahead of petrol sales in the UK, this is a vital development to ensure a low cost and reliable fuel supply for the British motorist in the years ahead."

Graham van 't Hoff, Chairman, Shell UK: "This move will provide a long term, secure supply for our customers in the UK and will support the recent expansion of our retail network, delivering competitive supply chain costs."

Cardiff terminal

Greenergy named 2012 oil and gas sector leader by Forest Footprint Disclosure

7th February 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, was today named oil and gas sector leader by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD). FFD encourages big business to recognise the impact of their use of "forest risk" commodities (biofuels, soy, palm oil, timber and cattle products) on the world's forests and to disclose their use of these commodities.

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Announcing its third Annual Review, FFD said "Greenergy International Ltd, which led the [oil and gas] sector and was also one of the most improved companies overall in terms of the depth of their disclosure, demonstrates that it can be done and is leading the way for others to follow."

Greenergy Managing Director, Tamara Earley said "We believe fundamentally that disclosure drives improvement, and we're delighted to be recognised as sector leader for a second time.

"We have significantly reduced our use of crop-based biofuels by investing in biodiesel production from waste streams we were previously unable to use. For our remaining biofuels, we have worked with individual suppliers to obtain land use and carbon information, recognising that when we use the world resources for biofuels, we must do so responsibly. We have also used BioCarbon Tracker as a unique and engaging medium through which to explain the origin of our biofuels, and we encourage other businesses to follow our lead."

Other sector leaders recognised for the second consecutive year included British Airways, Drax Group, Marks and Spencer, J Sainsbury and Reed Elesvier.

Cardiff terminal

Greenergy commences fuel sales from Cardiff terminal

31st January 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of petrol and diesel, today announced that it has commenced petrol and diesel sales from its new tankage and distribution facilities in Cardiff. This follows completion of an 18 month project to refurbish an existing site and construct new tankage and rail facilities.

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Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive, commented:

"Our new facilities in Cardiff give us our own distribution facilities in South Wales for the first time, and the opportunity to increase sales in the region. Commercial sales from the terminal began in the first week of January and we have been phasing in additional customers over the past few weeks. We expect to reach full capacity during Q2 this calendar year.

"Completion of the terminal gives us control over stock availability and product quality in the Cardiff area, allowing us to achieve even higher levels of resilience for our customers. We are also increasing our own productivity by using rail to move fuel between Cardiff and our other UK terminals."

Use of rail freight allows Greenergy to make smaller, but more frequent deliveries than would be economic by ship, allowing the company to operate in Cardiff with higher throughput and capacity utilisation than would otherwise be possible.

The Cardiff terminal was developed in a partnership between Greenergy and Inver Energy, an established tank storage operator. It follows investments by Greenergy in storage and distribution facilities at Teesside, Plymouth and Thames estuary.

Man working at the Biodiesel Plant

Greenergy develops RIN integrity standard for biofuel in the United States

30th January 2012

Greenergy, the UK's leading supplier of gasoline and diesel, today announced the development of a traceability standard to verify the integrity of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), used to demonstrate compliance with obligations for renewable fuel use in the U.S.

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The standard marks the next step in the development of Greenergy's international biofuel supply and blending business and follows the recent accreditation of its Brazilian bioethanol sustainability standard under the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Paul Bateson, COO of Greenergy, commented:

"The production, sale and blending of U.S biodiesel, alongside supply of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol into the U.S, complements our biofuel and petroleum business in Europe. As we expand, we want to ensure the same level of trust with our trading counterparties that we have enjoyed in Europe over many years of demonstrating our supply chain management capability."

"There have been concerns over the trading of fraudulent and invalid RINs in the U.S. market. Our new Integrity Standard for RIN verification and traceability is intended to address such concerns and establish a unique level of transparency in the marketplace. To my understanding it is the first of its kind in the U.S."

The Greenergy RIN Integrity Standard (GRIS) requires third party auditors to verify that biofuel has been produced in the stated quantities and according to Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Independent auditors will be required to visit selected production sites for initial certification, and then on an annual basis to confirm production processes, output, feedstocks and supply chain traceability, according to audit procedures that encompass and exceed the existing EPA RFS2 attestation requirements.

Stringent audits involving documentation verification for sugarcane ethanol production will be a key function of the GRIS for sugarcane ethanol imports into the US for D5 RIN generation.

Greenergy will undergo quarterly audits by third party auditors to ensure that it is strictly adhering to enhanced RIN verification and handling procedures. These requirements include:

  • Traceability on K2 RINS including K1-K2 conversion method; and
  • Documentary requirements attesting that RINless renewable fuel is handled upstream and downstream according to EPA RFS2 regulations.

The standard will be applied to biofuel and RINs purchased and supplied by Greenergy in the U.S.

Brazilian bioethanol auditing

Greenergy sustainability programme for Brazilian bioethanol becomes first voluntary scheme to gain approval under the EU Renewable Energy Directive

19th July 2011

Pan-European recognition allows Greenergy to supply sustainable bioethanol across Europe.

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Greenergy, one of the largest fuel suppliers in the UK, announced today that its gold standard sustainability criteria for Brazilian bioethanol has become one of the first voluntary sustainability schemes to gain formal approval by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Approval grants Greenergy the ability to supply sustainable bioethanol from its unique supply chain into all 27 EU countries.

The Renewable Energy Directive sets mandatory sustainability requirements for biofuels to be sold in the EU. However individual EU Member States are interpreting the Directive in varying ways, creating different biofuel sustainability rules in specific markets and making it difficult for companies to supply across borders or procure on the basis of common standards.

European Commission approval of Greenergy's sustainability criteria as a common European standard means that Greenergy can now supply a certified bioethanol product offering very high greenhouse gas savings and automatically satisfying the sustainability rules of all 27 EU countries.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive, commented:

"Ours is one of the first voluntary sustainability schemes to be approved at EU level and we are proud to be first mover again, setting higher standards for the biofuel sector. We now have a product that guarantees compliance with all national sustainability requirements. This puts us in the position to supply sustainable bioethanol to customers across Europe and to seek supply partnerships in new markets."

Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger said:

"We need to make sure that the entire biofuels' production and supply chain is sustainable. This is why we have set the highest sustainability standards in the world. The schemes recognised on the EU level today are a good example of a transparent and reliable system which ensures that these high standards are met."

Greenergy has been sourcing ethanol from Brazil for more than five years and, with the creation of Greenergy Brazil in January 2010, has a permanent buying and sustainability team in Brazil. The team has long-term commercial relationships with Brazilian mills, all of which have demonstrated significant ongoing commitment to meeting Greenergy's gold standard criteria. Since 2010, 100% of the bioethanol supplied from Greenergy Brazil to Europe has complied with Greenergy's gold standard sustainability criteria.

Biofuel from waste

Greenergy listed as third largest private company in Britain by Sunday Times Deloitte Top Track 100

26th June 2011

Greenergy, the UK’s leading supplier of petrol and diesel, was today listed as the third biggest private company in Britain by the Sunday Times Deloitte Top Track 100 - www.fasttrack.co.uk. This year saw Greenergy move up the league table once again, from the 9th largest private company last year and 10th largest in 2009.

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Andrew Owens, Greenergy co-founder and Chief Executive said:

"We’ve experienced remarkable growth since we began as a bedroom start-up nearly 20 years ago - yet there is as much opportunity to grow our business now as at any point in the past. Our growth has been achieved by maintaining a low cost/high efficiency operation. Going forward, our focus will be on further extending these benefits to our customers’ operations.

"I’d like to thank the team at Greenergy for their ongoing commitment as we work together to achieve this."

Biofuel from waste

Greenergy starts producing biofuel from waste crisps and pies

6th May 2011

  • Unique partnership extracts oil from unsaleable pies, pasties, crisps and other food waste
  • New and innovative source of waste oils and fats for Greenergy to use for biodiesel production

Greenergy, a privately owned company that supplies one fifth of Britain’s road fuel, announced today that it has begun producing biodiesel from food waste. In a unique partnership with Brocklesby Ltd, a specialist in recycling edible oils, unsaleable food products such as crisps and pies, which would previously have gone to landfill or compost, are now being converted for biofuel and energy production.

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This new initiative helps to reduce the environmental impact of the fuel that Greenergy produces while also creating a new, alternative source of fuel.

Greenergy has invested £50 million in its biodiesel production facility in Immingham on the east coast of England in order to efficiently process used cooking oils, which are more complicated to process than "new" oils such as rapeseed. The company already uses significant quantities (more than 20 million litres a month) of biodiesel from used cooking oil supplied from a range of food producers.

In order to extend its use of waste-based biofuel even further, Greenergy is now beginning to make biodiesel from high fat solid foods such as pies, sausage rolls, pastry and crisps which are not fit for sale because they are mis-shapen, overcooked or past their sell by date. These food products, which typically contain between 25% and 30% oil and fat, are sourced from a variety of food manufacturers nationally. Other suitable foods include taramasalata and oil from fish frying containing high quantities of breadcrumbs.

The oils and fats in these foods are extracted through a novel process developed by Brocklesby Ltd and are then further purified by Greenergy. Only then are the oils and fats clean enough to be suitable for conversion into biodiesel. The finished biodiesel is blended in small quantities into the diesel that Greenergy supplies to petrol stations nationally.

Any food solids that remain after processing are currently dried and then either composted or used to produce energy through anaerobic digestion, but in future could be used to make solid biomass fuel pellets or briquettes, or more fuel for cars in the form of bioethanol. Waste water is used as a biomass crop fertiliser.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive said:

"We’ve always tried to find ways of reducing the environmental impact of our fuel and as oil prices continue to rise, it’s obviously important to develop alternative sources of fuel. We are pleased to be at the forefront of finding new feedstocks for biodiesel production.

"The quantities of biodiesel that we’re currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we’re expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel. To put it into context, just one of these new facilities could handle enough waste pies or crisps to fill a cruise ship. With multiple plants, the potential for this kind of technology to reduce fuel emissions is considerable.

"It’s great to be taking these products, which would otherwise have gone to landfill or compost, and turning them into a new source of fuel".

CSR Leadership

Greenergy named sector winner by Forest Footprint Disclosure in recognition of its CSR leadership

27th January 2011

Greenergy, one of the largest suppliers of road fuel and related services in the UK, has been selected as sector winner by Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) in recognition of its leadership role in the corporate social responsibility agenda.

FFD encourages companies to provide information about their supply chain policies in order to improve corporate understanding of the "forest footprint" of key commodities. Greenergy was one of only three companies in the international oil and biofuel sectors to have provided this disclosure.

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Andrew Owens, Executive Chairman said:

"We are committed to providing detailed information about the origin of our biofuels - not just to FFD, but also through BioCarbon Tracker and our own website. Like FFD, we see disclosure as an end in its own right, a driver for continuous improvement."

For more information see www.forestdisclosure.com

2010 Growing Business Award

Greenergy named company of the year

25th November 2010

Greenergy, one of the largest suppliers of road fuel in the UK, was named Company of the Year at the 2010 Growing Business Awards, hosted by the CBI and Real Business.

The prestigious award, developed to recognise entrepreneurial businesses, was awarded to Greenergy in recognition of its "all-round characteristics of business excellence – superb management and people practices; outstanding financial results; on-going innovation; and a sustainable business model".

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Andrew Owens, Executive Chairman said: "Being awarded company of the year is a great tribute to the hard work the team at Greenergy put in day after day to deliver efficiency and excellence across all areas of our business."

The Growing Business Awards was attended by many of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and addressed by the Enterprise Minister, Mark Prisk. This year’s event was held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. The 2010 awards judging panel was headed by James Caan of Dragons Den and included former winners of Company of the Year Simon Calver CEO, LOVEFilm and Will Young, CEO, King of Shaves.

Chairman - Paul Lester

Paul Lester to become new Chairman of Greenergy

13th September 2010

Greenergy International Ltd, one of the largest road fuel suppliers in the UK, has announced that Paul Lester is to become its new Chairman on 1st October 2010.

The petrol, diesel and biofuel supplier is the ninth largest privately owned company in the UK according to the latest Sunday Times Deloitte Top Track 100 with turnover growing from £60 million in 2001 to £2.8 billion in 2010 supplying 7.9 billion litres of fuel a year. Its customers include the major oil companies and supermarkets, as well as bus and logistics companies.

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Prior to joining Greenergy, Paul Lester was Chief Executive of support services company VT Group which was recently acquired by Babcock International Group. He has served as the Group Managing Director at Balfour Beatty and held a number of board or senior management positions at engineering and support services companies in both the UK and the US.

Andrew Owens, Chief Executive, Greenergy International, said:

"Greenergy has grown more than I could imagine since the business was formed in 1992. We are now a complex company with international operations requiring more than an entrepreneur’s enthusiasm. We need new skills within a business of our size and Paul brings to Greenergy the ability to manage a large organisation."

Paul Lester, upon his appointment, said:

"I am looking forward to working with Andrew and the team at Greenergy. It has been an incredible success story from bedroom start-up to one of the largest fuel suppliers in the UK. The company is respected in the industry for its commitment to be the best in what it does. Andrew has created a solid foundation and an ambitious team and I look forward to continuing its rapid growth."

Cardiff

Greenergy expands its UK fuel tankage and distribution network to include South Wales

14th July 2010

  • New tankage responds to shortage in UK fuel storage capacity;
  • Greenergy to move fuel by rail for the first time; and
  • Next phase of Greenergy growth plans to target inland storage locations

Greenergy Fuels Ltd today announced that it is to build new fuel tankage and distribution facilities in Cardiff. This marks the next step in its UK expansion strategy, following its recent acquisition and refurbishment of the Mayflower Terminal in Plymouth and extensive investment in new fuel storage and blending facilities at Seals Sands in Teesside.

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The addition of a terminal in Cardiff will also see the integration of rail haulage into Greenergy’s distribution network, with fuel being moved between Cardiff and other UK coastal terminals by rail rather than road or ship. More extensive use of rail distribution to include various inland terminals across the UK is planned.

The Cardiff terminal is being developed in a long-term partnership between Greenergy and Inver, an established tank storage operator. The project, due for completion in autumn 2011, will involve both the construction of new tankage as well as refurbishment of existing tanks. New rail loading facilities will also be created at the site.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive commented:

"The Cardiff terminal will strengthen our fuel distribution capability in an under-supplied part of the UK, where tankage and infrastructure are insufficient to meet the demand for fuel in the area. Operating in Cardiff will also give us valuable experience in rail distribution, which we expect to utilise in other areas in the UK."

With the addition of Teesside, Plymouth and Cardiff to the Greenergy network, the company has now completed its expansion into target British coastal locations. It is now looking to establish a position at further inland locations, completing a comprehensive UK tankage and distribution network to meet the needs of its growing customer base.

Scarab Distributed Energy Ltd

Greenergy establishes consortium to deliver cutting edge fuel and energy from waste

29th April 2010

Greenergy announces the formation of Scarab Distributed Energy Ltd to develop novel ways of producing fuel and power from waste, including industrial food waste.

Scarab brings together a consortium of interests to build and manage multiple distributed waste and biomass processing facilities at locations around the UK. Greenergy intends to purchase all of Scarab’s fuel.

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Scarab will make use of proven, commercially viable, technologies owned by consortium members. It plans to put in place the technology and facilities to be able to process any form of industrial food waste, whether sugar, starch, fat, protein or cellulose. In due course this could be expanded to include domestic food waste.

Today’s biofuels are produced either from food crops or from waste oils and animal fats, with the latter in particularly limited supply. By targeting a wide variety of currently underutilised waste streams, Scarab will extend the range of raw material feedstocks available for biofuel production and enhance Greenergy’s access to the most sustainable sources of biofuel.

Uniquely Scarab intends to adopt a decentralised approach, with processing facilities located close to the waste source and capable of being economically scaled down to match local volumes. This will cut the transport costs associated with high-volume, low-value and perishable products, as well as saving transport-related greenhouse gas emissions.

The consortium, led by Chief Executive Officer, Neil Bennett, brings together six partners: Greenergy which will purchase all fuel produced by Scarab; St1 Biofuels, a Finnish bioethanol from waste producer; EEA, an environmental investment fund manager and carbon trading business; Aquafuel Research offering patented technology for renewable CHP; Brocklesby with expertise in food waste handling and logistics; and Axion Consulting with specialist project management expertise in the resource recovery sector.

Scarab is planning to commence biofuel production in 2011.

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