Viva Energy Australia and Coles Express have opened a new $10 million service station on the Westgate Freeway, taking the total number of sites opened in Victoria this year to eight.
Located at the Cook St exit on the Westgate Freeway, the site was developed by Michael and Andrew Buxton. In addition to 12 standard filling stations for everyday motorists, the site features a dedicated diesel forecourt with four truck filling positions fitted with ultra-high flow pumps. AdBlue is separately available at the pump. To accommodate trucking customers, the canopy height is 5.2 metres and the food offer includes a mix of traditional and healthy option retail outlets.
Viva Energy General Manager Sales, Daniel Ridgway, said a total of eight Shell Coles Express sites were opened in Victoria during 2015, representing a significant leap forward in the company’s retail and fuels distribution expansion programme.
“These eight new sites are strategically located to service demand across Melbourne and together they have added 85 million litres of fuel into the Shell Coles Express network. This is great news for our Geelong Refinery as every litre of fuel we sell in Victoria helps support local manufacturing,” Ridgway said.
“This site is perfectly positioned to service the trucking industry, local residents and general commuters and Viva Energy is pleased to have taken on a 15-year prime term lease.
“We’re focused on growth and nationally in 2015 we have opened 24 new service stations operated by Coles Express and signed 19 dealer owned sites into the network and we expect to exceed this number in 2016.”
Viva Energy was launched following last year’s purchase of the Shell Australia downstream business (excluding Aviation). It comprises the Geelong refinery, a 900 site-retail network and a bulk fuels, bitumen, marine, 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.