Inland Petroleum owner, Paul McCallum, and his son, Drew, are passionate about fuel and have a long history of providing fuel and lubricant solutions across central and western New South Wales. In 1986 Paul established Fosters Petroleum in Dubbo.
“I purchased my first petrol station in West Dubbo, in 1991,” Paul says. “In 1996 I acquired Maher’s Petroleum Depot and business in Gunnedah. In 2002 I decided to bring both companies under one banner and Inland Petroleum was formed.”
Inland Petroleum continued to grow and in 2010 a unique opportunity arose.
“I was approached by Shell to purchase their depot facility at 109 Erskine Street Dubbo,” Paul says. “Shell had a depot without a business, and I had a business without a depot.”
The companies head office is based in Dubbo and now has four depot facilities each in Dubbo, Gilgandra, Gunnedah and Condobolin and 10 retail sites strategically situated across western and north western NSW. Inland Petroleum is always looking for its next expansion opportunity, as growing is a crucial part of building a complete service network for their customers.
A number of first-to-market Performance-Based Standards (PBS) combinations have recently been designed and built by Tieman specifically for Inland Petroleum. None more important than the Tieman 26m ‘Tank Train’ A-double. Operating from Newcastle to Dubbo at higher mass, the patent applied Tieman turntable/drawbar coupling is offering the highest safety for their drivers while achieving an extra 11,000 litres of diesel every load over conventional B-double combinations. Being within 26m overall length means the combination can travel at 100km/h which on long distances assists in managing return to base driver fatigue hours.
Tieman have engineered its unique drawbar to incorporate a skid plate and kingpin which is connected to a rear of tanker mounted greaseless turntable in lieu of the conventional tow eye connected to Ringfeder.
Roads in regional NSW can be very undulating and the varying road surface cambers around sweeping bends can test the very best of drivers at speed. Any tanker rollover can be catastrophic, so minimising risk for drivers is why Paul has chosen the Tieman proprietary design.
“Driver feedback saying they handle and track like a B-double gives great peace of mind to me as a business owner, knowing we have given our drivers the absolute safest tanker equipment to operate,” Paul says.
Another new Tieman PBS configuration for Inland is a 36.5m PBS 20m B-double and seven-axle dog trailer. The 20m PBS B-double operates from Sydney fuel terminals over the Blue Mountains to the company’s Dubbo depot where it then connects to the seven-axle dog trailer and delivers game changing volumes of approximately 94,000 litres of diesel to mine sites west of Dubbo. Again, with safety front of mind, Tieman incorporate its patented turntable / drawbar coupling design to guarantee best tracking and roll stability on undulating country roads.
“We have a tremendous future in western and north western NSW,” Paul says. “Partnering with Tieman is giving us an efficiency edge that will continue to allow our company to grow whilst critically setting a new industry benchmark in safety.”