Meeting Danish requirements

August 14, 2001, 01:00 CEST

The conversion of Statoil’s petrol stations in Denmark is on schedule for meeting new legislative requirements for the prevention of pollution.

All petrol stations in Denmark will be fitted with leak monitors for the fuel tanks by the end of 2004. Of the 340 Statoil stations, 31 are complete and around 20 are almost finished.

By the end of the year a total of 100 stations will be connected to an internet-based sensor with an integrated leak monitor. This allows continuous monitoring of the tankage from the distribution centres, reports Børge Lund, engineer in the maintenance unit.

The stations will also be fitted with upgraded oil separators, which monitor the fluid level and emit an alarm if it should drop.

“Total investments are calculated at DKK 1 billion,” adds Mr Lund.

The costs of meeting the new requirements led to an increase in the price of petrol and diesel at the beginning of August.

Statoil’s petrol stations have a market share in Denmark of around 16 per cent.