Storing, moving and delivering fuel to the end user is a very important element in the economics of the downstream oil industry.
The UK has 41 coastal and 20 inland storage terminals, often near major urban centres, ready to supply consumers across the country with the vital products they need. A typical large terminal is now highly automated and integrated, making use of such technologies to efficiently control orders, stocks, invoicing and the scheduling of tanker deliveries.
The UK is criss-crossed by a vast network of pipelines, owned either by individual companies or as joint ventures. An efficient and safe means of moving large volumes of refined products from refineries to storage terminals, pipelines transport over 30 million tonnes of fuels each year across the UK, equivalent to about one million road tanker journeys.