Asia, Middle East & Africa
MEGA FUEL STATIONS OF THE FUTURE HEADING TO OMAN
Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMC) has
announced plans to launch two new mega service
stations in the Sultanate, which will house a whole
range of new facilities to cater to the needs of their
customers. Spanning over 9,000 square metres
each, the new mega stations will include money
exchange outlets, gyms, restaurants, post offices,
a laundry, play areas for children and shopping
centres for families.
The move is part of OOMC’s vision for the Sultanate
Alinz, Petrocard partner to make portable petrol pumps for Indian market
until the year 2025, and David Kalife, CEO of
Oman Oil Marketing Company, said this was part
of the company’s vision towards putting customer
satisfaction first. “We want service stations to
become destinations,” said Kalife, speaking to the
Times of Oman.
“We don’t want filling fuel to be the only reason
to go to the station. We will have services for laundry,
we have a post office service, and we have
planned a gym, so we are attracting new services
which have never been thought of before. We will
have entertainment services for kids, and currency
exchanges, because we want what we have to be
women and children-friendly services, as well.
“If you want to be the best, then you have to be
alert and agile. We are a customer centric company
with a lot of people, but we need to remain
nimble. We want quantity and quality; we don’t
choose between both. We have to continuously
innovate. We don’t want the customer to think, ‘Oh,
I have to go to the station to fill fuel and I don’t like
going there,’ so we don’t want this to be part of a
painful experience for them.”
Work on the new stations has already begun,
and the first one is to open by the end of 2019, or
the first quarter of 2020.
Restaurant services in the new mega stations
will be provided by Thai company Café Amazon,
which is well known for providing similar services
in stations in Thailand. Oman Oil’s partnership with
them is part of a 10-year agreement to improve
the company’s non-fuel revenues for the future.
Alinz Portable Petrol Pumps has partnered with
Czech firm Petrocard to set up four manufacturing
units in India.
Approval for the portable pumps, a new concept
in India, was given by the Ministry of Petroleum
and Natural Gas in August. “We will soon be
able to see an unmanned fuelling station where
customers can refuel their vehicle making digital
payment,” Alinz MD Inderjeet Pruthi explained.
A portable petrol pump is an automatic
self-service machine dispensing petrol, diesel and
kerosene. Payment is cashless, through facilities
like e-wallets. The pumps will be hugely beneficial
to people living in rural areas, mountainous
regions and remote locations, Pruthi said, adding
that they can be set up in just 400 sq metres of
land, unlike traditional fuel stations which require
huge amounts of land.
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