Oil and Gas: Helping to protect employees, shareholder values and the environment

Location-based analysis is being used by oil and gas companies to manage uncertainty and shape a more resilient and sustainable future.



Fuel retailing is one of the most visible signs of the importance of fuel to the UK economy. In 2010 total sales of petrol / diesel amounted to 20.4bn litres. Over the last 40 years the number of filling stations in operation in the UK has decreased drastically from over 37,000 1970 to 8787 at the end of 2010. Reasons for this include increased competition, the desire to preserve commercial rates of return on the investment and the cost of compliance with operational and environmental legislation. Filling stations are one of the most highly regulated commercial environments.

Today a modern filling station costs in excess of £2m to build and would be expected to turnover approximately £5m / annum.

Locating suitable sites

Geographic analysis and specialist algorithms are used to identify suitable sites for filling stations, taking into account traffic flows and the proximity of competition. Similar analysis is used to establish the retail potential of a site and the two sets of analysis are used, along with the appropriate costs, to establish the commercial viability of a site.

Geographic information management tools are used as part of the planning application process to collate data such as geology and soil type, to assess any potential impact on the water table and any possible impact on local residents and the environment.

Using GIS onsite

In the event of an emergency, Fire and Police services are fully equipped with a comprehensive range of information to enable them to deal with the incident.

When filling stations are de-commissioned a comprehensive range of remediation activities is required to ensure that no aspect of the site’s previous use can pose a future threat to health or the environment. Once again location-based processes are used to track compliance.


European Petroleum User Group (EPUG)

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