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.

RD Petroleum are proud supporters of the Life Education Trust – Heartland - 12th Sep 2018

RD Petroleum are proud supporters of the Life Education Trust – Heartland

The Life Education Trust – Heartland covers Otago and Southland, and RD Petroleum are proud supporters. Last year, Pip and Harold visited 8,140 children and 64 schools in the region.

RD Petroleum help the Life Education Trust in the Heartland by supplying them with an RD Petroleum fuel card, this helps them get around all the schools in the vast and beautiful Otago and Southland region.

The Life Education Trust really fills a gap in kiwi kids education covering food and nutrition, body systems, self-esteem, social relationships and substances and delivers important key messages for children’s health and wellbeing in an interactive and engaging way.

What you might not know is the Life Education Trust is a charitable trust which doesn’t receive any government funding, with 70% of their substantial running costs coming from grants, donations and fundraising ventures. That’s why it’s so important that businesses like ours and others throughout Otago and Southland put a hand up and support organisations like the Life Education Trust.

Find out more on the Life Education Trust website.

RD Petroleum upgrade to aviation site at Franz Josef is underway - 17th Aug 2018

RD Petroleum is doing upgrades to the aviation fuel site at Franz Josef Glacier. Part of the upgrade involved transporting a 60,000 litre tank from the east coast of New Zealand to the west coast. This went surprisingly well, considering the size and scale of the operation. The 60,000 litre tank is now secured and going to replace five individual tanks around the site. Major earthworks are underway at the site.
After the new tank is fully installed there will be eight pumps installed that will be assessable to all those operators with an Air BP RD Petroleum Carnet card. The site itself has a number of helicopter pads and is in high demand with regular aviation tour operators stopping there regularly between trips. Installing the eight pumps and allowing carnet card access will make it a lot easier for customers to access, operate and refuel in Franz Josef.


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