Is the area clear around your tank to ensure delivery? - 11th Nov 2019

Is the area clear around your tank to ensure delivery?

As we head into the warmer months, life on the land gets busy. With that, fuel demand increases and it’s important that customers who have bulk fuel tanks keep the area around the tank clear for fuel trucks to come in and fill them.

We get it, it can be hectic at times with all that’s going on, but the bottom line is it’s not safe and a hazard if there is a lot of gear like quad bikes, farm machinery and all sorts around the tanks. It can mean our drivers may have to potentially miss fuelling for you if they’re physically unable to reach your tank. Please take a little time to ensure the area around your tank is clear, so you don’t miss out. We’re here to help keep your business rolling, even in the busy times.

Hokitika now has Jet A-1 & Avgas - 11th Nov 2019

Hokitika was RDP’s first publicly accessible aviation fuel site installed in February 2017. RD Petroleum’s aviation fuel offering has certainly expanded since then and RDP now has several aviation fuel sites across the South Island available to anyone with an Air BP RD Petroleum Carnet Card.

RD Petroleum also continues to offer bulk aviation fuel to a growing list of customers and now has a growing number of Kenworth trucks working 24/7 to deliver aviation fuel across the South Island. Hokitika now has Jet A-1 installed and operational.

We wouldn’t have the opportunity to provide more services and support for the local aviation industry without the help of our customers, so thank you for supporting RDP over the years. Ben from Wilderness Wings was one of our earliest customers at Hokitika, and you can read his review on our website.

RDP welcomes its third new Kenworth to the fleet - 11th Nov 2019

RD Petroleum recently added another T610 Kenworth to our fleet, built specifically for the delivery of bulk fuel. It’s the first of its kind in the RD fleet using a Kenworth T610 8x4 rigid in this configuration; an 8x4 rigid cab and chassis with a 18000L barrel combined with a large five-axle 32000L capacity dog trailer. It’s been built fit-for-purpose and can carry a maximum combined weight of 58 tonnes.
The unit has state-of-the-art safety features including collision avoidance technology. It can monitor road and traffic conditions constantly, to prevent and protect drivers and road users from potentially hazardous situations. It comes with autonomous braking, electronic stability, adaptive cruise control, and more features to increase safety on the road.
A lot of people have gone into its creation. It was purchased through Southpac Trucks in Christchurch (Steve Herring), the Kenworth cab and chassis were constructed at Kenworth Australia while the tank and trailer were manufactured by Heil Asia and the unit was put together in New Zealand by Tanker Solutions in Wellington. Signbiz Ltd in Wellington worked on the signage with the help of Truck Signs in Tauranga and Heavy Diesel in Christchurch helped with the finishing touches and on-road compliance.
It’s a welcome addition to the fleet and will operate mainly out of Dunedin. The truck will present a set of different challenges for our drivers, who are looking forward to up-skilling. More drivers will be taking on further training in the Kenworth units and this new set-up to become familiar with how it handles on New Zealand roads and conditions.

Agfest Winners have an amazing scenic flight over the Southern Alps - 9th Sep 2019

Congratulations to the lucky couple Mr & Mrs G Powell, who won a flight with Wilderness Wings thanks to RD Petroleum’s competition at Agfest, West Coast.

They were flown by Pilot Ben Patterson, owner of Wilderness Wings, on Saturday and they said the flight the trip of a lifetime. They took in breath-taking views of the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook and the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

They both said the experience was incredible and everyone should do this flight – the glaciers in particular - simply took their breath away.

They will certainly be telling their friends and family all about it and thanked RD Petroleum for the flight and the opportunity to see part of this beautiful country.

RDP adds a second Kenworth T610 into the fleet. - 5th Aug 2019

With the success of RD Petroleum’s first Kenworth T610 SAR to the fleet, RDP has upgraded a tractor unit to the latest in driver safety with another Kenworth T610, this time in an 8x4 set-up. The Kenworth T610 has proven its place in the RDP fleet and is well suited to its application.

This new unit will operate predominately from Dunedin to Queenstown and Christchurch where required. The addition of another Kenworth T610 brings a welcome challenge to the team as drivers undertake training to ensure they understand how to effectively operate the vehicle and the additional safety features.

This unit was registered in 2019 and comes with state-of-the-art collision avoidance technology and on-road safety features. It can monitor road and traffic conditions constantly, to prevent and protect drivers and road users from potentially hazardous situations. It comes with adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, electronic stability, and more features to increase safety on the road.

The decals on the tractor unit were completed by Truck Signs in Tauranga, while the unit was set-up by SouthPac and Heavy Diesel Parts & Services (HDPS) in Christchurch.

Did you spot the new RDP Kenworth at the Rugby? - 29th Jul 2019

Lots of keen rugby fans managed to snap a pic with the new RDP Kenworth tanker that delivers much-needed aviation fuel across the South Island.

RD Petroleum has been giving away tickets to Ranfurly Shield games as part of the RD Petroleum Pre-Season. We’re proud to be a major sponsor and are chuffed to be giving away a few tickets and making someone’s day.

The RDP tanker has also been on-site, where people have been able to take a picture with the tanker as part of our Snap & WIN competition. The little ones have loved getting in a having a go, with a lucky few winning a $100 Rebel Sports voucher, which will hopefully help fuel their passion for sports further.

Thanks to all those who’ve taken part, hope you’ve enjoyed the game, and we’ll see how the season unfolds and if Otago will hold down the Ranfurly Shield!

RDP Aviation Fuel Sites on the Increase - 2nd May 2019

RDP Aviation Fuel Sites on the Increase

RD Petroleum continues to increase its aviation fuel sites. Balclutha services Otago and Southland, supplying Jet A-1 and Avgas, it’s open 24/7 and is accessible to anyone with an Air BP RD Petroleum Carnet card.

More people are starting to take advantage of our Carnet card, for aircraft refuelling, and for savings on the ground at the growing number of RDP fuel sites across the South Island.

RD Petroleum is providing Avgas at the Canterbury Aero Club in West Melton, it’s a private airfield that is subject to access agreement so anyone wishing to use the card operated dispenser needs to have approved access from the Canterbury Aero Club to become a user of the site.

If you do have an Air BP RD Petroleum Carnet card, here’s a handy map showing you all the locations throughout New Zealand where you can refuel your aircraft with either Jet A-1 or Avgas, including Air BP sites.

RD Petroleum Helping to keep Businesses Rolling with Winter Diesel - 15th Apr 2019

RD Petroleum Helping to keep Businesses Rolling with Winter Diesel

We know we’ve had unseasonably warm weather across the South Island but autumn is here and to quote Game of Thrones - winter is coming.

With the change in season in some areas, RD Petroleum switches from regular diesel to winter diesel. Winter diesel is set to the seasonal specification requirement for cold flow properties in diesel, basically, this means your diesel remains safe and easy to use, even on cold nights and chilly mornings.

To get technical, RDP works with BP Oil New Zealand and looks at the Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP). This takes into account the highest temperature at which a given volume of diesel fuel fails to pass through a standard filtration device, in a specified time, when cooled under standardised conditions. We also check the Cloud Point (CP), which is the temperature at which the appearance of a cloud of wax crystals is first detected. Basically, it defines when diesel will stop running - and nobody wants that - especially in cold weather.

Winter diesel comes in at around mid-April onwards, weather dependent. Bluff and Dunedin terminals can reach as low as -15, while Timaru, Christchurch and Nelson are a little warmer, only reaching a -9. Some areas such as the Mackenzie Basin can really freeze, but RDP still has those areas covered, offering some customers a Rox diesel additive that will take the pour point down to a balmy -24.

Here at RDP, we’re about keeping your business running, and especially in places where we know it can get very cold in winter and where some of New Zealand’s (and arguably the world’s) tastiest produce relies on our fuel and diesel to stay safe from frost, that’s why we ensure our clients are up-to-date when it comes to winter diesel and recommend you check in with your RD Petroleum rep about winter diesel and how it applies to you.

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