Centurion builds up bulk fuels haulage presence


Fuel Trans arm buy and Viva deal continues WA firm’s momentum

Centurion builds up bulk fuels haulage presence
Centurion operates a range of fuel combinations, from triple and quad trailer applications in the outback to pocket road trains operating from metropolitan areas. This image was taken en route to the Goldfields. Source: Centurion

 

Transport and logistics firm Centurion has seen its Western Australian bulk fuels haulage market presence grow, nailing a Viva Energy contract and acquiring part of Fuel Trans Australia’s business.   

The carefully expansionist Perth-headquartered national carrier puts its road delivery volumes now at more than 1.2 billion litres annually.

According to Centurion chief executive Justin Cardaci, the move is consistent with its long-term businesses strategy to increase market share and it provides Centurion with a "unique opportunity for future growth".

"We are a well-established and trusted Western Australian company that has been successfully involved in the bulk fuels haulage market for a significant period of time and this is a natural area for us to expand our business," Cardaci says.

Centurion, which already operates under contract with Viva Energy in the North West, has been awarded a multi-year contract extending that company’s work throughout the Goldfields region, giving the business a strong foothold in the area.

Under the contract, which begins later this year, Centurion will deliver fuels and bulk lubricants from Viva Energy’s Kalgoorlie base to sites as far as Meekatharra and Esperance.

New fuel trailers required for servicing the contract will be manufactured in Australia underlining Centurion’s commitment to local content.

Centurion has also acquired part of Fuel Trans Australia’s business including the short and line haul contracts operating from Perth and Kalgoorlie.

The acquisition includes more than 50 vehicle assets and will see Centurion take over a number of metropolitan and regional bulk fuel haulage contracts from Fuel Trans.

"Centurion is a financially strong and stable business that understands the industry and offers safe and reliable supply chain solutions to our customers," Cardaci says.

"The acquisition of part of the Fuel Trans Australia business provides us the opportunity to grow our business in key regions nationally on the back of these new services, while the contract with Viva Energy requires us to establish a major fuels depot out of our Kalgoorlie branch."

Centurion has operated in the Kalgoorlie region since the 1990s and Cardaci says the new contract would "further underpin continued and ongoing support for the local community".

"This is an exciting opportunity for the business following on from our successful expansion to the east coast early last year and we look forward to continuing to provide flexible and reliable solutions for all our customers," he adds.

 

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