Energy News – May 2017

6th June 2017

As part of our continued investment in technology and software within Stobart Energy, a new fleet asset management system has been successfully trialled and is currently being implemented in both the Transport and Products businesses. Freeway will be used to maintain all periodic maintenance and was chosen for its capability to manage the diverse range of equipment that the two businesses operate, ranging from walking floor combinations to plant machinery.

The system will manage all costs relating to each asset and provide our Accounts Team with live information about scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance. The system will interface with our current planning software Mandata, enabling the Planning Team to identify maintenance requirements in good time and route the assets to preferred suppliers such as our Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU) at Widnes; this will deliver savings for the business through efficiencies.

Tablet-based technology will enhance productivity within our own VMU by automating a number of processes such as stock replenishment and remove the need for paper based recording systems when maintaining equipment. This will significantly reduce the time apportioned to administrative functions and increase the throughput of the facility.

Port Clarence is continuing to develop well. The 250,000+ tonne site is expecting to undergo its first pressure test in the next few days and when fully operational, will burn a truck load of material every 30 mins

Port Clarence

In conjunction with our sponsorship of the Rugby Magic Weekend in May, we took part in the filming of a short video of the match day ball being passed around the Widnes office before going through our processing facility. The aim was to show the Championship statistics including how many miles the ball had travelled, how many passes had been made and some of the unusual modes of transport to assist with the delivery of the ball by the various sponsors of Widnes Vikings. The ball was then delivered to Newcastle in one of our trucks on the match day by driver, Connor Briers, who escorted the Widnes Vikings coach to St James’ Park. The video was then streamed on the Widnes Vikings social media channels. We also donated £10k to the Bobby Robson Foundation in conjunction with the Magic Weekend.


L-R: Jamie Jones, Dom Greatley, Paul Russell, Connor Briers

L-R: Jamie Jones, Dom Greatley, Paul Russell, Connor Briers




A big thanks to Connor Briers and Connor Benson for their starring roles and also Paul Russell, Alan Whitrow, Aaron Whitrow, Lynsey Taylor and all at the Widnes office for their participation. Please click here to view the footage.

Stobart attended the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse for the third consecutive year in order to celebrate the opening day of the 2017 flat racing season. Five of Stobart Biomass Transport’s specially branded jockey trailers attended the two-day event and were positioned in prominent locations around the racecourse. Despite the vehicles needing to be in position by 9am on the first day of racing, the team led by Operations Manager Paul Russell, managed to complete the four-hour journey from Widnes to Newmarket and wash the vehicles in good time prior to the estimated 32,000 spectators arriving! Well done to all involved.