How can effective fuel management keep your agricultural business running?

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With many agricultural businesses, the day to day running of things can sometimes leave little time to assess and identify fuel efficiency opportunities, especially during the harvest months.

Making sure that all equipment and vehicles are well maintained and managed is vital for any agricultural business, however, establishing a fuel management plan is also an important aspect that should be considered. It may not be something that crosses your mind every day, but there are several fuel-related issues that could arise which could severely effect that performance and capability of your business. Implementing fuel management solutions may save you a lot of hassle, frustration and money further down the line.

Ensuring a contingency plan is in place will equip your business against a multitude of possible issues and problems that arise from storing fuel.

WP Agriculture have listed the most common fuel-related issues that occur from stored fuel along with their top tips on preventative measures and solutions.

Fuel Contamination

Fuel contamination is a common issue when storing white and red diesel, as well as kerosene, for long periods of time. It can only take a small amount of contamination to jeopardise your power and stop you in your tracks.

Contamination can either be caused by something foreign entering the tank, such as water which then develops microbial growth (AKA diesel bug), or by the fuel itself degrading and producing sludge and damaging molecules.

The effects of fuel contamination can quickly multiply and render the fuel useless, impacting efficiency, cost and reliability. However, recognizing and sourcing the problem at an early stage will ensure that you can resolve the issue as quickly and easily as possible.

How can you prevent it?

Specially formulated advanced products such as advanced long-life fuel can ensure fuel remains clean and contaminate free for prolonged standby periods. It will preserve the life of the fuel as well as prevent bio fuel FAME issues, tank rusting and improve combustion quality.

Regularly monitoring your fuel tank conditions and the quality of your fuel, for example, via fuel and emissions testing and tank maintenance can prevent fuel degradation. It will also help monitor and improve combustion. By ensuring your fuel is as efficient as can be, you will lower your emissions.

Running out of fuel

There is nothing worse than running out of fuel. Missing an opportunity to top your tank up can result in delayed work and quite a bit of frustration. However, there are new innovative steps you can take to make sure you’re not running around trying to get a fast fuel delivery secured.

How can you prevent it?

An easy step that all agriculture businesses can take in ensuring their fuel supply is easier to manage is fitting remote monitoring equipment to the fuel tank.

Installing these monitoring systems in any and all tanks across your business will provide full transparency and in-depth data about your fuel supply. In addition, once the quantity of stored fuel supply falls below a pre-agreed level, and order can be automatically generated and scheduled for delivery. Eliminating the requirement for manual checks, this can make sure your fuel supply never runs dry again, leaving you to concentrate on the more important aspects of your business.

Exhaust emissions

As an industry, agricultural businesses continue to look at new and innovative ways of becoming more sustainable and energy efficient. Air pollution is a major consideration as the world looks at sustainable fuel solutions, particularly for diesel engines. As the agriculture industry continues to look at new ways to reduce exhaust emissions and their carbon footprint, there are many options on offer.

How can you prevent it?

Undertaking emissions testing of your fuel will help monitor and improve combustion. The more efficient your fuel is, the lower your emissions will be. Ensuring your fuel is of a high quality will also reduce the chances of fuel contamination, which also contributes to increased emissions. Site surveys, such as environmental risk assessments, can also highlight opportunities to become more sustainable.

Agricultural businesses, particularly those starting to use more modern vehicles, will also have come across AdBlue. It is an after-treatment system which neutralises harmful nitrous oxides in diesel fuel, reducing emissions. AdBlue is becoming more common in agricultural vehicles. If you are unsure whether your machine uses AdBlue, refer to the handbook and check whether there is a separate AdBlue filter cap on the machine.

I didn’t prevent, now how do I react?

You may find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing fast and effective emergency fuel solutions. There is nothing worse than losing precious working hours due to a problem that needs urgent assistance. There are many services available to help businesses get back to work as quickly as possible after a fuel-related problem causes issues with productivity and performance.

If you’ve run out of fuel, check your fuel supplier offers same day and emergency fuel deliveries. For instance, here at WP Group, we have a comprehensive network of approved delivery partners, enabling us to deliver nationwide, and if ordered before 10:30am, we will deliver the next day. However, if you cannot simply cannot wait for a 24 hour fuel delivery, emergency deliveries and reserve supplies are often available upon request.

If you suspect your fuel is contaminated or discover contamination issues are too advanced for preventative measures, there are still recovery services available to salvage the fuel and get the tank back into use. Tank cleaning and fuel recovery services using SMARThose technology, will see the recovery and restoration of 99% of diesel, gas oil and petrol fuels.

Make sure your agriculture business is kept running at optimum performance by installing measures such as these which will not only maintain your fuel quantity, but quality too. To speak to one of our fuel solutions experts and receive advice and support about how your business can manage its fuel more efficiently, contact us now on 0800 980 6172 or email .

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