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.

Another recent addition to our 24/7 aviation fuel sites is at Greymouth Airport and has one pump with airside access providing Jet A-1. It's also available to anyone with a Carnet card.

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.

Get a Reduced Carbon Footprint with Castrol VECTON - 15th Apr 2019

Get a Reduced Carbon Footprint with Castrol VECTON

Reduce your carbon footprint in your business thanks to Castrol VECTON. It’s the latest product to be released by Castrol and is a certified carbon neutral product. The Castrol VECTON range will increase drain intervals and help maximise profits.

Initially introduced in Australia, it’s the first certified Carbon Neutral diesel engine oil range. It’s replacing RX Super, RX Plus and Agri Power Plus. Using Castrol VECTON will reduce your carbon footprint by an estimated 80kgs of CO2 per service, on an average services usage of 40L of engine oil. They’ve made some great upgrades to their product with System Pro Technology, increasing performance reserve and fighting against oil breakdown.

Switching to Castrol VECTON and a Carbon Neutral engine oil will help your business to become carbon neutral. A net-zero carbon footprint can help businesses stand out from competitors as a more environmentally responsible business and help make a positive change.

Check out Castrol VECTON on RD Petroleum, including the Product Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet.

RD Petroleum expanding on the West Coast - 25th Feb 2019

The RD Petroleum Haast aviation fuel site will soon be fully operational and open to anyone with an Air BP RD Petroleum Carnet card. It has both Avgas and Jet A-1 and will be accessible 24/7. It supports the main economic activities in the Haast region; farming, fishing and tourism. RD Petroleum now has a strong presence on the West Coast, with aviation fuel sites soon in Haast, Franz Josef, and Hokitika. Tourism numbers across the country and on the West Coast are set to expand rapidly. It’s now peak season at Fox Glacier and Franz Josef, with estimated numbers reaching around 4000 tourist visitors each day.

RD Petroleum is currently building a new office in Waterloo, with the Christchurch team set to move from Woolston to Waterloo at around mid-May. If you follow RDP on Facebook, you might have seen a video by VIP Structural Steel with flyovers on the build in progress as the added structural steel beams, concrete walls and the roof. The new site also incorporates a fuel site with dual high flow AdBlue diesel for heavy vehicles and a six-hose dispenser with 95, 91, and diesel.

Congrats to our Fishing Competition Winners! - 16th Nov 2018

Congratulations to our two fishing competition winners who won a great fishing prize pack including a rod, tackle box, classic bucket hat and $100 Hunting and Fishing voucher.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our customers and everyone who has joined our Facebook community in 2018 and to all those people who have taken part in our competitions or sent through photos that have gone up online. We’ve seen some amazing fan photos of the trucks this year, and some happy winners, with free rugby tickets and kids with huge smiles that have really brightened our day.

You might not realise but the team at RD Petroleum do a lot of A&P shows and events across the South Island and RDP supports a lot of charities and sponsors charity events. We also do some great giveaways throughout the year specifically to our Facebook fans. So, if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the latest – please follow us on Facebook.

RD Petroleum Aviation an asset to increasing New Zealand Tourism numbers - 16th Nov 2018

RD Petroleum Aviation an asset to increasing New Zealand Tourism numbers

RD Petroleum continues to make gains in aviation fuel with a site at Haast set to get Jet A-1 and Avgas early in 2019. Tourism on the West Coast has increased by 12% in 2017, above the National average of 6%. With the West Coast ranking number one for visitor expenditure (with visitors spending $548 million in the region). This means the site will be increasingly popular with tourism operators and a much-wanted asset to the region.

After a successful opening, the Franz Josef site continues to be popular, with 1.75 million international tourists visiting the national park in 2017 alone, in fact, during peak season the glacier receives 6000 visitors a day.

Aside from public access sites, RD Petroleum’s aviation operation continues to make gains, with a number of private businesses getting an RD Petroleum tank installed.

RD Petroleum now has a mini tanker driver in Central Otago - 25th Oct 2018

RD Petroleum would like to welcome our newest member of the RDP team; Vic Haggerty. You might have seen Vic’s friendly face driving in his mini tanker delivering diesel in Cromwell, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Wanaka or Tarras. Vic is a Cromwell local who has lived and worked in the Central Otago area for over 14 years.

Vic brings his positive, cheerful manner with him to RDP, and in his day enjoys the day to day deliveries, meeting people and fostering client relationships in the Central Otago area. He’s had a good warm welcome from the RD Petroleum team with extensive training in Invercargill and is positive about the future of growth for RDP mini tanker deliveries.

Vic’s mini tanker is a Mitsubishi Canter which holds 4000 litres of diesel. It’s great for getting into those tighter areas and has a handy 60-metre hose reel, so Vic can get to most tanks – including tiny areas and in vineyards, with just the hose.

Outside of work, Vic enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He has two adult daughters who are based in Wellington. Racing hydroplanes have become a bit of a family obsession, with his nephew and even 85-year-old mother watching from the lakeside.

RDP Welcome the Kenworth T610 SAR B-train to the fleet. - 24th Oct 2018

RD Petroleum is proud to announce the latest member of the RD Petroleum fleet; the Kenworth T610 SAR. This particular model was designed and built especially for Australian and New Zealand conditions. It was released in 2017. The T610SAR model only comes in the 6x4 setup. This one was built at the Kenworth Factory in Melbourne, Australia.

The addition of the T610SAR is an exciting time for RD Petroleum, as this is the first Kenworth to join the RD Petroleum fleet. The current fleet is predominantly DAF but the Kenworth Brand falls under the Southpac family along with the DAF. So, when the decision was made to move forward with this particular vehicle design, it made good sense to stay within the Southpac family and look at a reliable unit that was built for purpose.

The safety specifications on the tractor unit are the latest in technological advances for better on-road safety with state-of-the-art collision avoidance technology. It can monitor road and traffic conditions constantly to prevent and protect drivers and other vehicles from potentially hazardous situations. Other features on this unit are such things as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, electronic stability programme EBSS braking and disc brakes all round. We are introducing the latest safety technology into the RD Petroleum fleet with this vehicle and this will set a standard for RD Petroleum vehicles going forward.

The B-train will be set up to travel under HPMV regulations at 58T. The B-train will cart approx. 8000L – 9000L extra product than our biggest units currently in Dunedin and Christchurch. The unit will be carting Jet A1 from Dunedin or Christchurch to various locations throughout the South Island. With the addition of the T610 SAR B-train on the road, this will bring better efficiency into the business, with bigger fuel loads resulting in reduced trips.

The decals on the tractor unit were completed by Truck Signs in Tauranga, while the tractor unit was supplied by Southpac Trucks and the trailers were built by Tanker Solutions.


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