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Oil Industry Should Get In Behind Biofuels

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Gull Says Oil Industry Should Get In Behind Biofuels For Nz

Gull Supports Biofuel Legislation As Part Of Sustainable Motoring For Kiwis

Gull New Zealand today reiterated its support and commitment to providing its premium 98 octane biofuel as an important part of protecting the environment and helping Kiwi motorists to go further.

In 2007 Gull was the first company in New Zealand to introduce an environmentally-friendly premium 98 octane biofuel to Kiwi motorists at a price that is still competitive or cheaper than most other premium 98 octane fuels available.

Dave Bodger, General Manager of Gull New Zealand says Gull fully supports the legislation introducing biofuel and wonders why others in the oil industry are crying wolf.

"It seems somewhat ironic that Gull, a small family owned energy company, has the capacity to meet the government's biofuel requirements well in advance while some of the 'oil Giants' with all their vast resources and infrastructure are pleading it is way too hard - I don't think Kiwi motorists would buy that argument for a second."

"Is it easier to do nothing? Gull thinks the only real solution is to provide a sustainable fuel for a better environment. We have that answer right now with Gull Force 10," says Bodger.

Bodger also says Gull Force 10 is lower in emissions, delivers higher performance while cleaning the engine, and is a premium high Octane fuel mixed with 10 per cent bioethanol, a natural by-product of the New Zealand dairy industry.

Bodger notes that given the outstanding performance people have been enjoying on Gull force 10 since August last year that the argument on biofuels not being suitable for many vehicles is wearing very thin.

"We are filling over 10,000 vehicles per month from only 12 service stations."

"Kiwi motorists are enjoying our 98 premium biofuel so much so that Gull has begun expanding the number of sites selling Gull Force 10 and plans to offer the product in all our stations," says Bodger.

About Gull

Gull Petroleum was founded in 1976 with a single service station by a group of business people in Western Australia who saw the potential for an independent supplier. Rationalisation by the major oil companies at the time offered Gull the opportunity of obtaining sites considered unviable by the multi-nationals. Adherence to a philosophy of low cost management, prudent investment decisions and a carefully planned marketing strategy enabled Gull to increase its number of outlets to thirty-five by 1984, when ownership of the company was consolidated with the Rae family. Without much fanfare, Gull has expanded its network to nearly 100 service stations. It has become a serious player, offering a real choice for motorists in an extremely competitive market. The company remains today a fully family owned operation

The Gull Group of Companies has grown from a small business to a modern, dynamic organisation of significance in the Australian and New Zealand petroleum industries. Furthermore, through Gull's aggressive marketing approach, a planned increase in market share will herald the strengthening of the Gull name in Australia and New Zealand.

Gull in New Zealand

Gull started operations in New Zealand with the building of a state of the art terminal in Mount Maunganui in 1998. Tanks were relocated from Marsden Point by barge, a feat the opposition said was "impossible". Gull made the first retail sales of petrol in 1999 and has grown the network to 30 branded sites. Gull was the first company to introduce low sulphur diesel to the New Zealand market bringing environmental benefits well ahead of the opposition. In August 2007 Gull again set new environmental benchmarks for the industry with the first retail sale of Gull Force 10, New Zealand's first biofuel, 10% ethanol mixed with premium gasoline giving higher octane and cleaner performance. Gull is the only independent oil company operating in New Zealand and is credited with keeping the fuel market competitive and giving savings to the Kiwi motorist.

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