We supply approximately 200 million litres of fuel every week in the UK. In sourcing and supplying this fuel, we use the following core skills:
Global origination and shipping
We buy gasoline, diesel and biofuel products from across the world and transport them by ship to oil terminals in the UK and Rotterdam – typically handling more than 20 different fuel and biofuel products at any one time.
The process involves complex stock management and shipping operations as we balance our international supply chain with our storage capacity and customer requirements. We receive approximately 70 shipments every month, chartering a significant proportion of these vessels ourselves in order to ensure maximum cost and efficiency savings.
A blend of financial instruments and expertise enables us to manage our exposure to oil price and currency movements.
Sustainable biofuel sourcing
Our biofuels are sourced globally to achieve the best combination of product quality, sustainability and carbon saving. Where these biofuels are in plentiful supply, we have established specific businesses to source locally.
We source considerable quantities of used cooking oil and tallow (animal fats) from the USA through Greenergy USA based in Georgia. These arrangements allow us to tap into one of the largest sources of food industry by-products available anywhere in the world and increase the proportion of waste-based biodiesel in our fuel.
Greenergy Brasil based in Sao Paolo sources sustainable and traceable sugar cane bioethanol produced by Brazilian mills. The creation of Greenergy Brasil has further strengthened our commercial relationships with Brazilian mills.
Manufacturing and infrastructure
Greenergy is committed to achieving cost efficiencies and economies of scale to drive sales growth. To support this, we are expanding on our extensive infrastructure platform in the UK by investing in new storage and fuel blending facilities.
Currently we blend petrol at two locations in the UK, one at West Thurrock on the Thames estuary and the other at Teesside. We supply a similar amount of diesel, blended with biodiesel manufactured from waste based materials at our biodiesel production facility at Immingham on the east coast of England. By manufacturing our own fuel and biofuel, we are able to control the cost, quality and sustainability of our supply chain.
The latest stage of our infrastructure development programme sees the construction an import terminal at Thames Oilport, on the site of the former Coryton refinery, in a joint venture with Vopak and Shell. We are also continuing to develop a rail distribution network to transport fuel efficiently between terminals, with Teesside as the hub.
We employ a team of drivers to make hundreds of deliveries to customers every week and operate an established tanker fleet carrying the Greenergy and Flexigrid brands. 99% of our deliveries are made within the delivery window agreed with our customers.
At many customer sites we also remotely monitor and manage fuel stocks, ensuring error-free, just-in-time delivery to customer sites.
Across our business we have invested in sophisticated IT systems that automate our processes, create efficiencies and make life easier for our customers:
- Telemetry at customer sites records stock levels on an intra-day basis so that orders can be generated automatically;
- Bespoke in-cab technology speeds up data reconciliation and allows us to communicate site specific information and real-time scheduling decisions to drivers.
- Information about the value and arrival date of products at sea and products stored at terminals are all monitored continuously for risk and stock management purposes.