A MONTROSE fuel company is gearing up for the worst of the winter weather by taking on extra tanker drivers and stockpiling barrels of heating oil.
After freezing conditions hit the country earlier this month, Rix Petroleum (Scotland) Ltd is keen to minimise any potential disruption to fuel supply across the Angus region, regardless of how bad the weather might get.
More drivers will mean Rix will have more tankers out on the county’s roads when demand for fuel is highest, which will help to offset the longer delivery times often associated with winter.
People needing emergency heating oil will also be able to pick up 25 litre emergency barrels from Rix’s Meridian Street depot, which are being set aside should snow cause difficulties on the roads.
Ian McGregor, Rix Petroleum director, said the company is keen to take the initiative as the bad winter is already closing in.
He added that it is important the company is geared up to deal with all weathers as customers rely on them to keep their houses warm when temperatures fall and ensure efficient deliveries throughout the winter.
Mr McGregor said: “Anyone who remembers the winter of 2010/11 will recall just how bad the British weather can get. There were reports of temperatures plummeting to minus 19 degrees centigrade which just goes to show how unpredictable winter can be.
“Although we are not necessarily expecting a repeat of those conditions, we’ve already seen snow and ice and media reports are suggesting this may just be the start of things.
“In previous years we have invested large sums in buying snow tyres and chains for our tanker fleet, which will be on standby again this winter, and now we have decided to bring in more tanker drivers to ensure deliveries are made as efficiently as possible.
“But as an extra precaution we are building up a hefty supply of barrels at our depot which people will be able to collect in the worst-case-scenario situation that snow and ice make for hazardous driving conditions for our tankers.”