Riordan Fuels pens supply agreement with Viva Energy


Riordan Fuels has entered into a significant supply contract with Viva Energy Australia in a move designed to support local manufacturing, the fuel supplier announced on Wednesday.

Jim & Robert Riordan at Geelong Refinery Image provided
Jim & Robert Riordan at Geelong Refinery
Image provided

Riordan’s Managing Director, Robert Riordan, said the company was pleased to be providing Viva Energy – the new owner and operator of the Geelong Refinery – with locally refined diesel, adding that the agreement would further strengthen its reputation as one of Victoria’s leading private and independent fuel distributors.

“Riordan Fuels has an extensive network that expands across regional and metropolitan Victoria, Adelaide and Southern NSW and we believe our customers will be pleased that we’ve committed to sourcing Australian-made fuels at no additional cost,” he said.

“The Geelong Refinery is an integral part of the Victorian economy and produces quality products, so locking in a long-term contract of this nature is positive for our customers, Viva Energy and the State.”

Viva Energy Business Development Manager, Sam Ritchie, said that Riordan Fuels was an important customer with its “extensive regional presence” and four, Shell branded service stations.

“We’ve worked with the Riordan family for 40-years and admire their strong customer base and commitment to regional Victoria. Viva Energy is pleased to be supplying them with locally refined diesel as they look to expand their presence in the bulk fuels and retail market,” Mr Ritchie said.

“As the refinery’s new General Manager said recently, supplying customers from Geelong Refinery is just one of the many steps that will help build a sustainable refinery business. Considering this, we’re keen to discuss opportunities with other businesses throughout regional Victoria.”

Riordan Fuels is part of the United Retail Group Pty Ltd. The company was established in 2001 and has an extensive unmanned tank and bulk distribution network across Victoria, Adelaide and Southern NSW, with interests in grain logistics, storage and export.

The company operates 24 public tanks and six convenience stores that are open 24-hours a day. The Express Diesel facilities can deliver fuel at rates of 160 litres per minute, twice as fast as normal high flow bowsers.

Viva Energy was established in August 2014 following the completion of Vitol’s acquisition of Shell’s Australian downstream business. It comprises the Geelong Refinery, an 870 site-retail network and a bulk fuels, bitumen, chemicals and lubricants business supported by more than 20 terminals across the country. Viva Energy is the exclusive licensee to the Shell brand in Australia.

Last week, the company announced that it plans to increase the amount of fuel that can be transferred from the Geelong Refinery via pipeline to Melbourne by more than 25% by constructing a fuel pumping station on its existing pipeline between the refinery and Newport Terminal in Melbourne.