Top to Bottom upgrade for County Oils

m flow meter bottom loading skid

A new bottom loading skid supplied and installed to County Oils at their depot at Sutton Weaver near Runcorn.


Following a comprehensive brief from County Oils MD, Neil Musgrave, and a detailed site survey, we came up with a design which fulfilled the client’s requirements fully. Retention of the existing top load bay was critical to the project in order that County Oils continue using two older but very useful mini tankers that could not be adapted for bottom loading. The new 3 arm loading skid was configured for loading rated of 900 LPM through either bottom loading arms or via the existing top loading arms. A Contrec 1010 register monitors and controls simultaneous loading of up to 3 loading arms. Installation was undertaken by Alpeco’s preferred contractors Penrose Control Systems Ltd and Industrial Pipe Work Services Ltd.

Neil Musgrave commented: ‘We were extremely pleased with the way in which Alpeco responded to our requirements and speed and efficiency with which the skid was installed, our site was only out of action for two and a half days.’

The skid was designed, built, installed and commissioned within the mutually agreed timescales and with minimal disruption. The County Group had also purchased 2 new tankers from Road Tankers Northern in 2011 both of which were fully equipped with Alpeco bottom load systems and TE550 electronic metering equipment.

County Oils has been delivering high quality ULSD, Gas Oil and Kerosene, Shell UK and ExxonMobil lubricants to domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers in Cheshire, Merseyside, South Lancashire and North Wales for more than 30 years. The company operates from two strategic locations, which includes their Head Office in Runcorn and a secondary office in Liverpool (Quayfuels) on Regent Road, to give complete coverage of the North West. Both depots operate a diesel re-fuelling truck stop by means of both Network and Local fuel card systems.