PetroIneos picks operator for bio-fuel contract

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PetroIneos Fuels has awarded Lewis Tankers a two year contract to transport bio-fuel (denatured bio ethanol) by road from bulk storage tanks at Grangemouth Docks to its fuel terminal at the Grangemouth refinery.

Refiners are required to blend gasoline with five per cent bio ethanol to meet government targets under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

PetroIneos imports bio ethanol in bulk into Grangemouth in its natural form and denatures its by mixing it with one per cent gasoline.

Lewis Tankers will also transfer the gasoline used in the denaturing process from the PetroIneos terminal to the docks storage tanks prior to each new shipment of bio ethanol arriving. Transport is scheduled so that the tanks are empty prior to the gasoline being added to ensure accurate mixing.

PetroIneos supplies about nine  million litres of fuels per day. In Northern England, the company owns a road distribution centre at Dalston, near Carlisle.

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Lewis Tankers currently operates a fleet of more than 80 tankers from nine operating bases within the UK. It has an operating base in Grangemouth and will be using dedicated tanks on the contract.

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