When Nolan Oils decided to upgrade the fuel delivery station at their depot in Bicester, Oxfordshire, they turned to fuel distribution equipment specialist Alpeco Limited – conveniently based just 15 miles away along the A41 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
In upgrading their depot Nolan faced severe space constraints, yet needed to install a 4 arm bottom loading skid whilst keeping their existing top loading bay which facilitate the loading of third party trucks – many of which are not equipped for bottom loading. The space constraints on site meant that Alpeco had to design and build a bespoke unit in order to be able to site the skid where Nolan Oils needed it to be located.
The 4 arm 1700 LPM bottom loading skid was built at Alpeco’s premises, whose close proximity and trusted preferred supplier status were some of the factors influencing Nolan’s decision to buy from Alpeco Limited. The close working relationship enjoyed by both companies already sees Nolan Oils always specifying Alpeco Limited whenever they purchase a new delivery tanker.
The skid was designed and configured in such a way as to allow it to be installed alongside Nolan’s existing top loading bay. To make best use of the limited space available, the four new pump units were installed separately in the tank bund thus allowing the skid frame to be more compact.
Mark Nolan, the MD at Nolan Oils commented, ‘Alpeco met fully with our requirements. Following a visit by their design engineers, they appreciated the issue regarding space and supplied us with a very compact skid unit which has enabled us to retain our existing top load rack, with the result that loading speeds are now much faster.’