One of the largest petroleum companies in the Arabian Gulf, ADNOC Distribution specializes in the marketing of gasoline, diesel, kerosene, aircraft fuel, LPG and natural gas vehicle fuel. The Company also produces and markets a range of oils, lubricants and greases.
ADNOC distribution operates a fast-expanding network of over 170 filling stations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, the Western Area and Northern Emirates. These include the recently introduced new image ‘Millennium’ service stations, which, in addition to gas refuelling, car washing, lube bay and tyre changing, include an Oasis Service Centre comprising a convenience shop, food court and rest area. Payment is accepted in cash and by credit card, and also by company smart cards. Some larger stations now also incorporate a business centre. A car inspection service was recently introduced, operated in coordination with Abu Dhabi General Traffic Directorate.
Uunleaded Gasoline Project
ADNOC played a major role in the ‘UAE Goes Green’ campaign to phase out leaded fuel throughout the UAE. This involved the conversion of 500 filling stations nationwide to unleaded gasoline, the training of transport and service station personnel, and an awareness campaign for 750,000 UAE motorists. The changeover took place smoothly on 1 January 2003.
Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel
following the project launched by ADNOC in 2002 to introduce natural gas as fuel for road vehicles, a pilot scheme involving taxis and trucks, was implemented during 2003. This involves converting vehicles, setting up a specialized filling station, and constructing an underground supply pipeline. If successful, the longer-term goal is to use natural gas to fuel all Abu Dhabi taxis, and then extend it to cover other transportation such as buses and trucks. Natural gas is cheaper, cleaner and safer as a vehicle fuel. Vehicles run more quietly, with less engine wear, extended service intervals, and reduced maintenance costs. Fuel tanks do not explode in normal accidents, while underground gas pipelines are safer than petrol pipelines and petrol tankers.