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Fast-growing automotive fuels supplier, FCL Petroleum, has signed an agreement with Petrochem Carless to enable FCL to offer automotive advanced fuels made with guaranteed biocomponents to the UK market.
This partnership brings together leading names in the sector and will provide the UK market with the first secure, guaranteed source of high-quality advanced fuels, using pre-blended biodiesel made from fully sustainable sources and offering optimal fuel-efficiency.
Blending will take place at the state-of-the-art refinery of Petrochem Carless - the leading European refiner and supplier of high performance speciality hydrocarbons, advanced automotive fluids and speciality chemicals – at Harwich where blends from B5 (5% sustainable fuel) to B50 (50% sustainable fuel) will be produced to specific client requirements.
The announcement follows the establishment of a joint venture in 2007 between FCL and Portugal-based Martifer, Europe’s leading producer of fully sustainable biofuels.
Martifer handles the complete process from feedstock growing (primarily rapeseed) and harvesting through to processing and refining at two facilities in Portugal and Romania which have a combined production capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year.
These are then shipped by FCL Petroleum’s sister company, global logistics provider FCL UK, to Harwich – ensuring that the FCL Group ( is uniquely positioned to provide a vertically integrated supply chain for these products.
The PrioBio brand of advanced fuels is now well established within the Portuguese fuel retail market and FCL Petroleum is expecting similar success when these products appear on UK forecourts.
Colin Walker, Managing Director of FCL Petroleum, explained: “While many current suppliers of these products simply purchase from variable sources and distribute, we are able to guarantee the source and thus the high quality and sustainability of our products.
“Furthermore, as we are uniquely operating from two refineries, we can guarantee volume and continuity of supply.
“The PrioBio brand is already a well-known name in Portugal, where it is supplied to major names including Arriva, and we anticipate similar success in the UK market.
“This unique collaboration with established sector leaders Petrochem Carless and Martifer positions FCL Petroleum as the prime supplier of high-quality advanced fuels into the UK market.”
Graham Eden, Performance Fuels Commercial Manager at Petrochem Carless, added: “Our agreement with FCL Petroleum on this unique venture complements our existing business in niche fuels, which are supplied to sports including motor racing and rallying.

“Our commitment to this venture is based upon the quality of the products being delivered by FCL, and the already proven performance of this range in the Portuguese market, where it is supplied to leading companies.”

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