Waitomo opens new fuel stop in Palmerston North

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 28, 2017

Waitomo‘s new fuel stop in Palmerston North officially opens tomorrow, featuring environmentally friendly technology at the pump and competitive prices for motorists and truck drivers.

Waitomo is a 100% Kiwi-owned independent fuel supplier. Managing director Jimmy Ormsby says the new fuel stop will strengthen the company‘s network across the Manawatu and lower North Island.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback and support for both our Foxton and Bulls fuel stops, so expanding to Palmerston North was a logical step for us,” Ormsby explains. “We‘re excited about being able to increase our business in the region and would like to thank all our customers for their ongoing support.”

The fuel stop, on the corner of Tremaine Avenue and Roy Street, will be the first in the region to feature vapour recovery technology at both the tanker delivery point and at the pump. Vapour recovery helps reduce emissions and stops fuel vapour from escaping into the atmosphere or being inhaled.

“It doesn‘t change the amount of petrol you are dispensing – it simply captures the vapour that would normally be displaced out of the fuel tank and escape into the atmosphere,” says Ormsby. “It is a positive thing for the environment and our customers‘ health.”

Ormsby says the technology, produced by Gallagher in Marton, is very new and Waitomo is committed to installing it at every new fuel stop they open.

Waitomo‘s new fuel stop features five pumps dispensing petrol and diesel. A dedicated trucking lane will have access to high flow pumps and Go Clear (DEF), while three outdoor payment terminals have been installed so motorists can pre-pay using their credit card, eftpos, or Waitomo‘s own fuel card for vehicle fleets.

Waitomo Fuel Stop manager Paul Easton says fuel stop ambassadors will be on site for the first three weeks to help customers get used to the pay‘n‘pump facilities.

“The benefit of an unmanned site is that it‘s low on overheads so we can maintain competitive fuel prices to our customers.

“Waitomo is known for its competitive fuel prices, which is ultimately what all New Zealand motorists and transport operators want,” Easton says. “By adding Palmerston North to our network we have increased the amount of competition between fuel companies in the region, which has got to be good for all fuel users.”

Easton says Waitomo is looking to expand further into the lower North Island in the near future.