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On-Site Fuelling Vs Mobile Fuel Storage Tanks

A shortage of licensed commercial drivers has meant that relying on on-site fuelling for refuelling can be a risk. Businesses seek alternative solutions that will keep them up and running with a steady fuel supply 

Mobile fuel storage tanks offer distributors a way to save time and labour while delivering reliability, flexibility and bulk fuel sales to customers. You will increase efficiency on your customers’ work sites, and continue to provide outstanding customer service in these challenging times. Read on to find out more.

What is on-site refuelling?

On-site refuelling, sometimes called direct fueling, is the process of refuelling vehicles and equipment directly from a fuel tanker that travels to the site. The tanker generally travels to the site and refuels all equipment when it arrives. This is usually scheduled for when equipment and machinery are not in use, but tankers are subject to delays and cancellations. This makes it harder to avoid downtime and shutdowns.

The problems facing fuel delivery 

For distributors and businesses that are reliant on fuel, any interruption to its supply costs time and money – putting a halt to any work until supply is restored. One of the major issues affecting this is a shortage of licensed commercial drivers.

​​The ongoing lack of licensed commercial drivers with an ADR licence continues to cause disruption for fuel distributors and customers in construction and agriculture. Effects still being felt from the pandemic, issues caused by Brexit and difficulty retaining drivers resulted in a deficit of around 100,000 HGV drivers in 2022. While this number has improved, there is still an acute shortage of qualified drivers.

This means that reliance on licensed drivers is a risk, and, as a consequence, on-site fuelling is a far less attractive prospect for many businesses and suppliers.

What is an ADR license?

An ADR Licence is required in the UK to drive a vehicle transporting hazardous materials. This includes transporting diesel in quantities of over 1000 litres. The current shortage of ADR-licensed drivers means hiring one can be difficult and expensive. For this reason, an alternative method of transporting fuel that doesn’t require an ADR licence can save businesses time and money and avoid delays to work.

TransCube fuel tanks being delivered on a truck.

The alternatives to on-site fuelling

If you are a distributor or a business that is reliant on fuel, there are two main options for delivering fuel: on-site fuelling and mobile fuel storage tanks. We take a look at both options below.

On-site fuelling 

On the surface, on-site fuelling seems to be the easiest option,  but this isn’t always the case. 

Smaller amounts of fuel are delivered to each piece of equipment, meaning frequent trips for the truck to come and refuel when you’re running low. If these aren’t managed properly or are disrupted in any way, that means downtime across the site. It also limits flexibility onsite, as work is paused when fuel arrives and can’t necessarily be adjusted to coincide with downtime, using up valuable time that could be better spent on other tasks. 

For distributors, it’s extremely labour-intensive. Experienced staff are needed to manage usage and forecast future needs. Equipment and machines need to be fuelled separately which is time-consuming. It also generally means an ADR driver is needed, and work can be disrupted by staff shortages.

Fuel storage tanks 

Mobile fuel storage allows you to store fuel safely and securely onsite. Fuel storage tanks are available in various sizes and styles to suit different requirements. They can be transported full of fuel, so for distributors, it’s just a case of unloading the tank for the customer to use. Bulk fuel tanks provide many benefits for both distributors and businesses for many reasons.

Tanks can be delivered full of fuel, ready for the customer to use at their convenience. This can help distributors avoid disappointing customers by minimising missed deliveries caused by delays, breakdowns or shortages associated with ADR-driver shortages. They can also help you balance your drivers’ availability and employee time, as daily trips aren’t required  to deliver fuel. It can also be an opportunity to increase bulk fuel sales, as tanks provide a great long-term storage option.

As well as increasing efficiency for distributors, tanks also make life easier for end users. Logistically challenging sites where on-site fuelling would be impossible can receive fuel tank deliveries at an access point and then distribute them as needed. Tanks also allow users to refuel at the optimum time, rather than when n the fuel can be delivered. Moreover, customers will have full control over fuel usage and reduced downtime when waiting for deliveries. When they’re empty, the tanks can simply be transported to be refilled.

Our TransCube Global is one of the most reliable and portable tanks on the market. It can be easily moved and installed in challenging locations and can fuel 3 pieces of diesel-powered equipment simultaneously – maximising efficiency. If fuel theft or security is a concern, the TransCube has a lockable equipment cabinet and is compatible with fuel management systems that help you monitor usage. Its 110% bunded design also means there is no need for drip trays and eliminates spills and leaks. This is just one of the tanks we have available, click to view our full range.

TransCube fuel tank fuelling equipment on-site

On-site fuelling or mobile fuel storage – which is right for you? 

If you’re a fuel distributor, offering mobile fuel storage to your customers ensures you provide them with a reliable fuel source while reducing time, labour and costs. Western Global is the top choice for mobile fuel storage. We have a range of tried and tested tanks that are popular with fuel distributors, 

Western Global has a range of fuel tanks  popular with fuel distributors. Contact your local sales rep to find the tank that’s right for you, but for an all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with our TransCube Global.

  • Capacity options ranging from 499-2,980 litres
  • Meets multiple worldwide transport regulations so it can be transported whenever and wherever
  • Easy to lift and move by crane or forklift
  • Provides backup fuel and extends run times on up to 3 pieces of equipment
  • Tough, secure and reliable – designed to perform in the toughest conditions

TransCube Global

A TransCube Global Fuel Tank.

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