Suttons Tankers has won a new contract with Essar Oil UK as part of wider plans to expand into the fuels market.

The contract sees Suttons Tankers transporting products from the Stanlow Refinery near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire to customers in the Midlands and across the North West.

Suttons was taken on by Essar to strengthen its haulier partner supply chain after impressing the oil company with its flexibility, reliability and the scale of its network, the tanker operator said.

This is the latest in a string of deals which the Widnes-based tanker firm has landed this year. These include contracts with William Grant and Sons, Grace Overseas, Greenchem, Ryse Hydrogen and Yorkshire Water.

Michael Cundy, MD of Suttons Tankers said: “This new contract with Essar marks a significant point in our strategic objective to grow in the fuels sector.

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“Our ability to drive cost efficiencies for Essar, especially in the current climate, is crucial and demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with tailored solutions.”

Mark Barnes, head of logistics at Essar, said: “Suttons are a significant and reputable player in the market and we were impressed with their detailed approach in understanding the needs of our business throughout the tender process.

“Following a successful implementation at the start of July, Suttons have so far demonstrated that they will be a partner adding strength to our supply chain.”

Suttons operates in the UK with a fleet of more than 700 vehicles focused on the chemicals, gas and fuel sectors and internationally with key business centres in New Jersey, Widnes, Antwerp, Ludwigshafen, Kuantan, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo.