IFC Inflow Saves Flooded Carrs Billington Agriculture Bottom Loading Skid
The flooding in Cumbria & the North West caused a major issue for a local fuel supply company when their bottom loading skid was submerged in over 3 feet of flood waters. Fortunately, one call to their fuel loading equipment suppliers saved the day as they were able to get the fuel flowing again within a week, with all the repairs carried out in under two weeks & in time for Christmas.
When Basildon based fuel depot loading experts IFC Inflow received an SOS call from one of their long standing customers, Carrs Billington Agriculture, it was an emergency. The fuel supply company’s bottom loading skid at its Lancaster location was submerged in flood water after the persistent recent rainfalls left large tracts of the North West under water. At one stage, parts of Cumbria & Lancashire experienced a month’s worth of rainfall in just 24 hours.
The possibility of fuel supplies grinding to a halt provided potentially dire consequences, as many domestic & commercial customers in and around the area rely on Carrs Billington for their fuel supplies. The company has forged a strong reputation for the swift & accurate supply of fuel to domestic householders & many types of commercial businesses & agricultural customers.
Schools, educational & medical facilities also rely on this long-established fuel supplier serving parts of Northern England & Southern Scotland, so as Colin Robinson the Depot manager at Carrs Billington commented:
“being unable to help our customers was not an option; especially with the flooding likely to mean an increased demand for fuels as drying out procedures got underway”
As if this wasn’t enough, Christmas approaching added to the pressure to get fuel flowing again.
IFC Inflow to the Rescue
After Carr’s Billington’s call, IFC swung into action immediately; they recommended the pumps be replaced & spoke to their pump supplier, West Sussex-based European Pump Services, who agreed to reduce their usual four to six week lead time for supplying pumps down to just two.
Experts from IFC headed North to Lancashire straight away to assess the situation at Carr’s Billington’s Lancaster depot. It wasn’t quite as bad as first feared; apart from the pumps & an air compressor stored in a cabin, remarkably everything else on the skid was still in operational order.
As Kiran Shaw the Operations Director at IFC commented: “a key reason why much of the equipment was still usable despite being underwater was because of its high quality construction – it’s something we’ve always been committed to & our customers clearly benefit at times like this.”
IFC even managed to get two of the pumps working again for the short term which meant Carrs Billington could quickly resume the supply of vital heating oil to their customers.
European Pump Services followed through on their pledge to supply the replacement pumps in a fortnight, & they were tested & installed on Monday 21st December, exactly two weeks from Carrs Billngton’s initial call to IFC.
A relieved & grateful Colin Robinson said: “IFC’s rapid response to solving our problem meant we in turn were able to quickly get back to helping our customers – particularly important with the flood conditions here and Christmas fast approaching.”
IFC, with over 25 years’ experience in the fuel supply & loading industry, helped Carrs Billington from 2010 to 2013 with a planned series of depot upgrade projects. The company supplied & installed new equipment for each site & project managed the work, & have continued to provide support and service since.
IFC in turn work with various carefully selected suppliers in the industry such as the experienced European Pump Services who played a significant part in helping Carrs Billington.