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31/03/2011 - General News

Greenstone to gift 68 computers to Christchurch community

Greenstone Energy is gifting 68 refurbished laptop computers to worthy recipients in Christchurch, and is inviting applications for the laptops through the company’s Facebook site.

Greenstone is the New Zealand company which acquired Shell’s New Zealand retail and distribution business in April 2010, making Greenstone the country’s largest Kiwi-owned fuel retailer.

Greenstone’s Business Technology and Transformation Manager David Scott said customers had been supportive of a new Kiwi company and Greenstone was committed to giving back to New Zealand communities.

“We’re not what people expect from a traditional fuel company. We’re here to do things differently and we’re here to make a positive contribution to New Zealand.

“As part of upgrading our office systems, we have 68 laptops that we’re making available to Christchurch folk who can put them to good use.”

“All people have to do is go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenstoneenergy and tell us why they need these machines and how they can be used to benefit Christchurch.”

Applications will be judged by Greenstone staff and applications close Tuesday 31 May.

Greenstone has partnered with both Remarkit and Microsoft, which have ensured the computers are ready to use, with up-to-date and licensed software.

David Scott said the initiative was a simple but effective way to contribute to the recovery of the Christchurch community. “We are deeply saddened with what has happened in Christchurch. We’re grateful for the support we’ve been given as a new Kiwi company from the people of Christchurch and wanted to use this as an opportunity to give something back.

“We hope that the people of Christchurch can put these computers to good use for the benefit of the community,” he said. 

01/03/2011 - General News

Greenstone exempts Christchurch from fuel price increase

A sharp drop in the Kiwi dollar and increasing crude oil prices were flowing through into New Zealand’s fuel prices but Greenstone Energy, the New Zealand owner of the Shell-branded retail assets, will not pass these costs through to metropolitan Christchurch at this time.

The New Zealand dollar has dropped to around 75 cents against the United States dollar while Brent crude oil has hit a two and a half year high. The combination of these factors has placed immediate, strong pressure on New Zealand fuel prices. 

“We have held off from doing this for as long as we can and we will hold increasing our prices until early this evening when the post work drive rush is over,” said Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts. 

“The reasons why fuel prices have to increase are very transparent. We can’t sustain this across the country but, as a company owned by New Zealanders, now is simply not the right time to increase fuel prices in Christchurch. 

“Right now, we’re focused on doing what matters for the people of Christchurch, including our own people. 

“Holding prices in metropolitan Christchurch at current levels is the right thing to do for now. Many other companies are considering how best to respond to the needs of the people in Christchurch. We feel this is an appropriate and direct response for us at this point in time in addition to the other contributions that we have been making. 

“We’re committed to making a difference in Christchurch and we’re working hard to support and enable the work of emergency services as well as delivering a constant supply of fuel to residents and local businesses.” 

Mike Bennetts said there may be a time when prices have to also move in Christchurch but the company will hold off for the foreseeable future. 

27/02/2011 - General News

Critical fuel infrastructure comes back on line

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said vital pieces of Christchurch’s fuel infrastructure had been returned to service over the weekend, further strengthening fuel supplies into the city.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said over the weekend the Port of Lyttelton and the Port’s terminal pipework had been approved for use and the Torea, which had completed a full fuel discharge at the Port of Timaru, is sailing back to Lyttleton and discharging more fuel into the Lyttelton terminals.

In particular, jet fuel is being discharged from the Torea at Lyttelton today, allowing stock levels of jet fuel at Christchurch Airport to begin to replenish.

“I’m pleased that some of the signs of panic buying we saw last week have begun to subside, enabling us to replenish and build stock levels at our retail sites and resume something closer to normal operations in serving the people of Christchurch.

“I’d like to thank all of our site and terminal staff for doing an outstanding job in managing an incredibly difficult period, the likes of which we have never seen before,” said Mike Bennetts.

“Over the last few days, the industry has made very good progress bringing supplies of fuel into Christchurch and restoring critical fuel infrastructure. Using Greenstone’s Timaru terminal from which to truck fuel into Christchurch provided a valuable back-up and deliveries continue to be made from this terminal, as well as direct from Lyttelton and Woolston.”

Mike Bennetts said the clearance to use the Port of Lyttelton for deliveries over the weekend was a very positive development.

“There will be additional deliveries of all grades of fuel directly into Lyttelton over the coming days.” 

By Sunday afternoon, 15 of Greenstone’s retail sites and all six of the company’s truckstops are open. Truckstops are holding good stock levels and are being frequently replenished. The company expects to open more retail sites next week, when power supply is restored and the necessary safety checks have been completed. 

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change and supplies)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carmen Road, Kaiapoi, Curletts Road, Southbrook, Raceway, Bryndwyr, Yaldhurst, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield, Brougham, Ferry Road, Cashmere, Amberley
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberley, Sawyers Arms, Port Hills.

 

25/02/2011 - General News

Fuel supplies into Christchurch

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said the fuel supply situation into Christchurch was continuing to improve.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said while retail sites would have patchy supplies of fuel while the company caught up following panic buying, important fuel infrastructure was continuing to come back on line.

Following the temporary closure of Port Lyttelton, a shipment of fuel was diverted into Greenstone’s terminal at Timaru. This vessel finished unloading last night and an industry fleet of around 24 trucks has been bridging the fuel into Christchurch on a continuous basis.

Yesterday, two bulk fuel terminals opened for operation at Lyttelton, providing a very important local supply distribution point. Trucking is occurring from both of these terminals, as well as from Timaru.

Further import vessels are scheduled for the coming days and weeks. Indications are that the Lyttelton Port has come through the quake in sound condition and inspection of the pipelines between the berth and fuel storage terminals will be finalised today.

When these pipelines are approved for use, Port Lyttelton will be ready to again take direct fuel shipments, further improving supplies into the city.

“At midday today, 15 of our retail sites and five truckstops are able to trade and we expect to open more next week, when power supply is restored and the necessary safety checks have been completed,” said Mike Bennetts.

 

“Following very strong demand, it is going to take us some time to catch up with deliveries to sites, so fuel will be unavailable at some sites for short periods of time until next week.

“Delays in trucking times from Timaru have slowed deliveries to sites and truckstops but there is strong supply of fuel into Christchurch. With the Lyttelton terminals coming back on line, we will be working to restore site supplies following the initial wave of demand.”

Mike Bennetts again asked customers to be patient and to treat site staff with respect.

“Our people are pulling all the stops to rebuild supplies in Christchurch but, following panic buying, this will take some days. People need to know there are good supplies of fuel for both customers and emergency services coming into the city and the situation continues to improve.”

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change and supplies)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carmen Road, Kaiapoi, Carletts Road, Southbrook, Raceway, Bryndwyr, Yaldhurst, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield, Brougham, Ferry Road, Cashmere Road
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberly, Sawyers Arms.

23/02/2011 - General News

Greenstone’s Christchurch operations

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said it was continuing to re-open its retail sites in the Christchurch region.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the company had now accounted for the safety of all of its employees and was focused on assisting staff and their families and delivering reliable supplies of fuel to Christchurch. 

“At 11 o’clock this morning, 13 of our retail sites and four truckstops are open and trading and we expect to open more throughout the course of the following days when we are satisfied that they are safe.”

Mike Bennetts said it was obvious that the damage was greater than for the September quakes and it was possible that some sites might be closed for repairs for some weeks.

“Our tanks at Lyttelton appear to have come through the quake in relatively good shape, with no leakage. Inspections over the following days will determine when they can be safely used. Inspections of the port will also determine when deliveries into Lyttelton can resume.

“Greenstone has bulk tankage at the Port of Timaru and a large fuel delivery scheduled for Lyttelton has been diverted to Timaru and will discharge from 10pm this evening until all tanks are completely full. Fuel will then be bridged via trucks into Christchurch on an ongoing basis.”

Mike Bennetts said consumers should not be concerned about fuel supply to the city but asked consumers to assist the recovery effort and only purchase fuel that they really needed. If need be Greenstone will prioritise fuel to emergency services.

“We’re working closely with emergency services to ensure fuel deliveries to generators and machinery via our Mini Tankers direct refuelling business. We’re working closely with our competitors to co-ordinate resources and ensure secure supplies of fuel to the city,” he said.

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carlton corner, Southbrook, Raceway, Moorehouse Ave, Bryndwar, Yaldhurst, Tinwald, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield.
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberly  

11/01/2011 - General News

Shell customers to benefit from new technology roll-out

Greenstone Energy today said a decision to replace all point of sale systems across its Shell-branded service stations and truck stops would enable it to deliver even better service to customers and provide a platform for new technologies.

Greenstone has signed a contract with Kiwi technology company Fusion Transactive to replace all point of sale systems at company operated service stations and selected truck stops nationwide.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the $10m investment in new technology will increase the speed of transactions and improve customer service. 

“Earlier this year, we undertook a huge amount of customer research which told us what mattered to our customers and what they expected of a new Kiwi fuel supplier.

“We’ve listened to our customers and have committed to a number of initiatives which will enable better service. One component of this commitment to giving our customers what they want is replacing our point of sale technology.

“The technology developed by Fusion Transactive not only makes it faster to process a customer transaction, it gives us a future proof platform to lower our costs which we can then pass on to our customers in the form of lower prices” he said.

Fusion Transactive was selected by Greenstone as a result of a competitive tender process.

 

“Fusion Transactive is an innovative New Zealand company that is consistently first to market with world-class state of the art technology. Their commitment to customer satisfaction equals our own and we are excited to be partnering with them,” said Mark Forsyth.

Fusion Transactive Chairman, Sir Peter Maire, said Fusion is a world-leading supplier of site automation and payment systems to the retail fuels industry globally, with offices in Malaysia, China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and significant product installations in Malaysia, Africa, India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and South America .

Fusion's product history spans more than 30 years, and they have been at the forefront of ‘Pay at Pump’ initiatives, developing many “first in world” products.

Sir Peter Maire said Fusion Transactive was delighted to be partnering with New Zealand’s leading locally-owned fuel retailer.

“This announcement demonstrates Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand and to delivering an innovative, user-friendly, cost-effective and streamlined service, which translates into a better experience for its customers,” he said.

The new point of sale technology will be piloted by 30 June 2011, with a full rollout commencing after then.

08/12/2010 - General News

Waiuku residents to gain state-of-the-art service station

Greenstone Energy has started construction of its fourth retail development, a brand new $3 million retail service station at Waiuku, south of Auckland. The site is located on the corner of Kitchener Road and King Street. 

Greenstone is the New Zealand company which acquired Shell New Zealand’s retail fuel and distribution assets in April. Since then, Greenstone has completed two brand new retail service stations, representing $5 million of investment, and a new truck refuelling facility.

The existing Waiuku site, which was formerly operated by a competitor, will be completely demolished and a new state-of-the-art site will be built from scratch. The new Shell branded site will feature a 100 square metre shop, eight fuel filling stations and a top of the line car wash. The existing Shell service station on Queen Street will be closed once the new site is completed.

Greenstone will be working closely with project architects SHA, project managers Sinclair Knight Merz, and contractors Cassidy Construction and Petroleum Solutions Ltd in the development of the new site.

 

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the company was investing strategically in the company’s future growth.

“We saw this as a great investment opportunity for Greenstone and for the people of Waiuku. Our current site in Waiuku is pretty busy but it’s fairly old and run down so we think a new site is well overdue,” he said.

“Waiuku is a fast-growing town that deserves a modern, efficient service station with a great convenience store offering. There’s been strong public and customer support for Greenstone since we acquired the Shell downstream business in April and we’re determined to continue to earn that support by investing in assets that benefit local communities, and what's more, Greenstone's profits stay right here in New Zealand. 

The new Shell-branded service station is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011. The site will be operated local retailer, Wayne Kennerley.

26/11/2010 - General News

Local charities benefit from new Kiwi service station

Greenstone Energy last month invited Bay of Plenty locals to vote for their preferred charity when they filled up at the new $3 million Shell-branded service station in Bethlehem.

Greenstone donated one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to five local charities, based on the number of customer votes they received.

An overwhelming number of votes were received from the local community. As a result, Greenstone will donate a total of $7200 to the five Bay of Plenty based charities. The highest number of votes was received by Waipuna Hospice, who will be receiving over $4000 of the total donation.

Greenstone is the New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, appreciated the support of the Bay of Plenty community and said the opening of the Bethlehem site reinforced Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand.

 

“We’re a Kiwi owned and operated company and our profits are retained in New Zealand. What’s more, inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local ownership benefiting local people,” he said. “We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity.”

The new service station trades under the Shell brand and sells quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Bethlehem, the local operators are Dave and Lynette Gillies who operate 11 other Greenstone sites across the Bay of Plenty.

  • Waipuna Hospital - 56%
  • Volunteer Fire Service Omokoroa -18%
  • Homes of Hope -12%
  • Bethlehem Foundation - 8%
  • Lions of Bethlehem / Te Puna - 5%

29/10/2010 - General News

New Kiwi service station gives back to local community

Greenstone Energy is set to open a new service station in the North Shore on 29 October 2010, and is inviting North Shore locals to vote for their preferred charity when they fill up at the refurbished Shell-branded service station.

Greenstone will donate one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to four local North Shore charities, based on the number of customer votes they receive. Participating charities are North Shore Hospice, Parent Port Inc Takapuna, North Shore Hospital Foundation and the Foundation for Youth Development.

Greenstone is the wholly New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell. 

The new service station is the second retail investment that Greenstone has completed since April. The site, located on the corners of Tarahoto and Northcote Roads, was formerly operated as a retail service station by a competitor and closed in July 2009. The new site cost $2 million to develop and involved an extensive amount of work including re-tanking, the latest Shell branding and a major upgrade to the retail shop.

 

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the site will bring a top class service station back to the people of the North Shore.

“Shell Lakeside, as the site will be known, is a very important addition to our North Shore retail network. We expect this to be an extremely busy site that will serve the growing North Shore area very well indeed,” he said.

The new service centre will trade under the Shell brand and will sell quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site will be operated by locals. In the case of Shell Lakeside, that is going to be Gursharan Mann, who operates eight other Greenstone sites across Auckland.

Since Greenstone acquired the Shell retail business in April, the company has created 40 new jobs, including bringing the call centre back to New Zealand from the Philippines, built and commissioned a new commercial truck refuelling facility, opened a brand new service station in Bethlehem, north of Tauranga, and will shortly start construction on a new, state-of-the-art Greenstone site in Waiuku, south of Auckland. 

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