Movable fuel station

A supplier of petrol pump equipment has developed a movable fuel station housed in a container. Besides its advantage of easy relocation, this mini version costs only a fraction of a conventional fuel station and can be up-and-running within two weeks from manufacture.
It comes with a generator, making it independent from grid power and ideal A supplier of petrol pump equipment has developed a movable fuel station housed in a container. Besides its advantage of easy relocation, this mini version costs only a fraction of a conventional fuel station and can be up-and-running within two weeks from manufacture.
It comes with a generator, making it independent from grid power and ideal for rural areas.
Housed in a 40ft container, the fuel station developed and patented by Petro-Quip of South Africa features four dispensers for two products (for instance diesel and petrol) and a 43,000 litre tank, divided to accommodate product volumes according to customer need. Dispensers for a third product can be added.
Also included are a compressor, air hose reels for pumping tyres, a store for oil products, a small office space with a plug point and a canopy frame. If the tank is placed underground, its space can be used for a convenience or spaza-type store.
All electrical connections and work complies to specification of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The station can be operated with electricity from a power grid, too.
In Africa it costs around US$2m and takes up to seven months to construct a full-sized conventional fuel station, says Dudley Barclay, director of Petro-Quip. A movable station costs around $100,000.
A movable station makes sense in locations where demand is not proven, where future road building may necessitate re-location, where land is not available or too expensive for purchase or where costs of a conventional station are too high, says Barclay.
Although movable fuel stations are known in France and the UK, the concept is new to Africa. Petro-Quip has already installed four, out of an order of 16, in Kenya and Uganda.
Petro-Quip: Tel +27-11-914-2024; fax +27-11-914-4581; petroquip@telkomsa.net