Minimising loading times for customers using our terminals

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Report for July 2014

Our loading time KPI allows us to monitor delays for trucks loading at our terminals due to queuing or slowing pumping rates.

The target we set varies according to local conditions:

  • In a compact terminal with state of the art road loading facilities and no queues, we consider 21 minutes to be the shortest reasonable target loading time, without jeopardising health and safety considerations.
  • If there are longer distances to drive between the terminal gates and the loading racks, or if pumping rates are slower, we set a target of 25 minutes.
  • At busy terminals where queuing can occur, we also monitor the percentage of trucks taking longer than 30 minutes to load.

 

Vopak Thames - Target loading time: 25 mins

This is our busiest supply location, and one where we have previously invested in additional, Greenergy only, loading racks in order to ensure the shortest possible loading times for our customers.

The closure of the former Petroplus refinery nearby has reduced the available road loading facilities in the South East of England. As a result the number of trucks loading at West Thurrock has increased dramatically, resulting in queuing at peak times. We expect queuing to reduce when Thames Oilport opens on the site of the former Coryton refinery as a joint venture between Vopak, Greenergy and Shell.

While road loading facilities are limited in the region, we have increased our loading time target at West Thurrock to 25 minutes. We will return to a target of 21 minutes when Thames Oilport opens as a supply location.

End April 2013 an additional Greenergy-only loading rack was brought into service for petrol and diesel, and this has helped to ease some of the congestion at the terminal.

In addition we continue to:

  • Work closely with our customers to ensure that lifting patterns are as even as possible throughout the day.
  • Use our second terminal on the Thames estuary to reduce bottlenecks during busy periods.
  • Monitor the proportion of trucks taking over 30 minutes to load as an indicator of the extent of queuing.

 

 

 

Plymouth - Target loading time: 23 mins

The Plymouth terminal is owned by Greenergy. Our annualised target is 23 minutes.

 

 

Vopak Teesside - Target loading time: 25 mins

The Seal Sands site is owned and operated by Vopak, with Greenergy investment in fuel manufacturing and road loading facilities.

Loading times are longer than at other sites due to the distance between terminal entry gates and the loading facilities.

A new diesel loading system, with a higher flow rate, was introduced in October 2012 and is now resulting in shorter average loading times.

 

 

Eastham

Non-Greenergy owned facility. We are not in direct control of the loading procedures at this terminal, but we monitor loading times so that we can identify trends and address delays experienced by our customers.

 

 

Clydebank

Non-Greenergy owned facility. We are not in direct control of the loading procedures at this terminal, but we monitor loading times so that we can identify trends and address delays experienced by our customers.

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