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Independent Petrol Stations

Postby Citybus » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:52 am

Where do the independents get their petrol from? Are the fuels essentially the same as the one I can fill up at Coles Express (Shell), and Woolies? My wife seems to think they are not the same fuel and are of a lesser quality. But I've read somewhere that Woolies and Coles Express fuels are from the same supplier (even BP for that matter).
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby boronia » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:08 am

Most fuel sold in Sydney is now imported, mainly from Singapore. There are no longer any refineries here.

Some of the import is via Caltex or Shell, going to their (ex refinery) bulk terminals. Some goes to private storage terminals at Port Botany, this serves some of the independents.

All fuel is supposed to meet minimum quality standards, but independent fuel may miss out on some of the "performance additives" of the brand names.

Back when we did have refineries, most of the fuel sold in NSW came from Shell at Clyde or Caltex at Kurnell, regardless of retail brand. The brands had their own bulk terminals for distribution, supplied from the same refinery.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby Citybus » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:59 am

What about Metro Petroleum, who uses Mobil fuel? I didn't think Mobil existed anymore in Australia?
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby boronia » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:59 am

Mobil sold their own company service stations to 7-11 a few years ago, but they still wholesale fuel. There may even be some privately owned sites still selling as Mobil.

http://corporate.exxonmobil.com.au/en-au/company/about-us/history/mobil-history?parentId=6c0fdecb-5067-44a6-9f66-9f76fff86be0
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby captainch » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:26 pm

We Have a inderpendant group in nth qld callPUMA who give you a card you get 5 cents off & you don't have to buy anything extra like drinks ect!
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby Mitch » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:11 pm

Puma is in Perth and there are a few popping up in Melbourne. I'm pretty sure there's one on Flemington Road near the Children's Hospital and there's one near Northland.

I generally go to APCO (Anderson Petrol CO) as I've always found it lasts quite long in my car, and it's closest to my house. If I want to put good quality, I go to BP. I fill up with Unleaded 95 and I get about 800km out of my 2016 Holden Commodore.

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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby CCCC » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:38 am

captainch wrote:We Have a inderpendant group in nth qld callPUMA who give you a card you get 5 cents off & you don't have to buy anything extra like drinks ect!


They started off as a transport company supplying fuel all over the outback and bought a few independent fuel companies over the years.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby nbus » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:48 am

PUMA are a world wide group owned by the Dutch.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby GazzaOak » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:29 pm

nbus wrote:PUMA are a world wide group owned by the Dutch.


Haha, first time i saw a Puma servo is in Kempsey (its also a large rest stop as well). I never seen a Puma servo in Sydney, and yes i do drive around quite a fair bit of Sydney.

So doesn't seem to be that big of a company, or is just very recent.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby mubd » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:16 am

There's one in Marsden Park in Sydney, just off Richmond Road.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby busrider » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:40 pm

There's a Puma servo in Port Augusta, SA, of all places...

More info on Puma here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puma_Energy
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:35 pm

I remember seeing the one in Port Augusta when I was there in October - had never heard of them before. Not the bus terminal one though, IIRC that one is a Mobil.
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Re: Independent Petrol Stations

Postby busrider » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:00 am

Yes, the bus terminal in Port Augusta is a Mogas.
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