A NEW fuelling site installation and web-based management system is helping Malvern Hills District Council to keep tighter control on fuel supplies and introduce changes to achieve greater efficiencies.
The turnkey package from Cameron Forecourt was installed earlier this year and the council’s transport team is already benefiting from more accurate management information on fuel movements, stock levels and vehicle performance.
The system comprises a new three-compartment above ground tank for diesel, gas oil and Ad Blue, three new pumps in a security cabinet, and Cameron’s Eclipse web-based fuel management system.
Cameron Forecourt also installed a TLS2 tank gauge and environmental monitoring system, together with a bund alarm, spill kits, lighting and electrical system.
The new system replaces an outdated fuel management system with a single plastic tank for diesel. Gas oil was stored separately in a warehouse.
The authority operates 35 vehicles from its Malvern depot, including 14 refuse collection vehicles, vans, caged collection vehicles, a street sweeper, mowing machines and a JCB.
It invested in the new, more advanced and secure fuelling installation after assessing the risk of leakage from the old tank and because the former PC-based management system was limited in the information it could provide.
Transport and Logistics Manager Danny Healey explains: “We try to be extremely efficient in every area of our operations. The old installation presented a risk that we might have a leak at some stage and lose fuel, together with the potential detrimental effect on the environment.
“The capacity of just 5,000 litres of diesel meant we only had a maximum of one week’s supply on site at any one time, which made us vulnerable to any industrial action or other disruption to supplies. If we were unable to fuel our fleet of refuse vehicles it would have obvious repercussions on environmental health in the district.”
The new tank has a 15,000 litre diesel capacity and 2,000 each for gas oil and Ad Blue.
Commissioning of the new system coincided with the introduction of four new Ad Blue refuse vehicles and the team has been able to monitor their performance accurately using the Eclipse fuel management system.
Acting on the early information from the system, adaptations have been made in a bid to increase fuel efficiency of the vehicles. Explains Danny Healey: “We have introduced changes including the introduction of magnetic devices to the fuel supply on the vehicles which we hope will increase efficiency by 10-12 per cent. The fuel management system will enable us to monitor and verify any improvements we achieve.”
Unlike the previous PC-based fuel Management system which could only be accessed by one member of staff, the Cameron Eclipse allows remote access by any authorised personnel via any PC or web-enabled device. Malvern has three staff authorised to make changes and two more with monitoring capability only. This allows for continuous access and seamless operation when a member of staff is away.
Adds Danny Healey: “The link to the monitoring equipment and safety alarms also means that the system can alert us to any irregularities instantly.
Hopefully we will never have a leak or major spillage, but if we do we will be in a position to act immediately. All in all it is a big improvement.”