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FPS Launches New Fuel Quality Scheme
23rd July 2012
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is introducing a new Fuel Certification scheme to improve the quality of fuel oil and raise quality standards in the industry.
As a trade association, the organisation's membership base delivers heating oil to residential homes, as well as marine, agricultural, commercial and industrial businesses. With over 200 members owning some 2,500 tankers, the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers represents 80% of all oil distribution companies in Great Britain.
The new Fuel Certification initiative will be responsible for testing kerosene, gas oil and diesel storage tanks quarterly for particulate, water content and biological contaminants. As a result of the tests, the organisation will be able to accurately predict trends in fuel quality and help its members improve quality standards across-the-board.
FPS Chief Executive Mark Askew comments, "Clearly, the Fuel Certification scheme has advantages for both FPS members and their customers. Those accredited under the scheme will be able to rectify potential fuel problems early allowing for quick and inexpensive remediation to take place for any issues found during testing and also plan maintenance programmes with greater efficiency. Moreover, the new scheme will provide mitigation against claims from customers for 'faulty fuel' which may be caused by the customers storage or buying patterns."
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers is running the scheme in association with OTS TankCare and Scarlett's Fuel System based on their collective experience and proven technology
Those that sign up for the service will receive accreditation in the form of a FPS Fuel Certification quality logo, making it easier for customers to see whether or not a distributor is being tested under the terms of the initiative.
There's good news too for the first 30 member depots to sign up - a discount of £200 per tank for the first year, bringing the cost of joining the scheme to just £800 per tank. From the following year, the member price will be £1000 per tank. Non-members wishing to join the scheme will be charged £1500 per tank per year.