Top 50 Indie George Hammond has decided to install the Petroman Vapour Management Control system in all its new developments after trials at three sites demonstrated how much money it was saving.

The company estimates its stock losses due to vapour loss have reduced by 0.15% since installing the Petroman VMC system, saving the company thousands of pounds a year.

The three elements of the Petroman VMC system combine to retain as much petrol vapour as possible on the forecourt and turn it back into saleable product, instead of returning it via the vapour recovery hose to the delivery tanker.

George Hammond has recently completed three full redevelopments at Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey, Thanet Way near Margate and Dover South, Dover, and will shortly be undertaking similar developments at Deal and Three Elm near Tonbridge.

The three redeveloped forecourts have all been equipped with automatic temperature control (ATC) dispensers, vapour recovery II and Petroman’s VMC vapour retention system. All gauges were calibrated before the installation.

John Ryeland, managing director of George Hammond Retail, said: "It is clear that the VMC system has made substantial savings for the business by retaining fuel product that is rightfully ours in the first place within the tank farm and reducing wet-stock losses.

"Having the benefit of a spread of sites, with and without VMC and ATC pumps, we have been able to isolate the results of the system. We are now planning to install VMCs in all new installations, because it works. I have proved to my satisfaction that it saves me money."

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