Advance Fuels, part of Certas Energy, has celebrated the formal opening its redeveloped Harefield Oil Terminal, at Uxbridge, west London.

The £1m project is one of the largest developments commissioned by Certas Energy. The terminal is now the second largest fuelling facility to the west of Greater London, with a storage capacity of over 1.3 million litres.

London and the South East has seen a sharp decline in fuel storage and supply over the past ten 10 years, as a result of the closure of the Buncefield Oil Terminal and Coryton Refinery. In response to demand from the market, Certas Energy invested in Harefield to provide a fuel source and security of supply for customers in the capital, Home Counties and the South East.

Part of the redevelopment included the construction of a ‘Pump Island’, with multiple fuelling points, to improve the refuelling experience (in terms of speed and efficiency) for commercial customers.

Alex Ward, regional manager for Advance Fuels, commented: “Today is an important day for myself and the team here at Harefield as it sees us reach the conclusion of a complex redevelopment project, which has transformed the site into the modern facility we have here today.”

He said a sales apprentice scheme had been launched in conjunction with Sussex Downs College, and was the first apprentice scheme offered by Certas Energy. He said it was proving beneficial to the company and the apprentices, and he hoped to extend the initiative further across my region.”

Located on Harvil Road, Harefield Oil Terminal plays a vital role in the community, serving domestic, commercial and agricultural customers in London, Middlesex and the South East. Advance Fuels provides road diesel, gas oil, heating oil (kerosene) and a full range of lubricants to customers in the area.