Wincanton has signed a five-year contract extension with petroleum refiner Valero in a deal that will see it move more than two billion litres of fuel a year.

The contract, which extended the already 20 year-old partnership between the two firms, also sees the operator take over the scheduling and planning of Valero deliveries, including taking and managing customer orders.

Wincanton will run out of Valero’s network of UK terminals, providing routes for some 600 customer orders a day before scheduling and planning deliveries to more than 1,000 UK locations.

Eric Born, Wincanton chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Valero and are looking forward to finding further opportunities to develop new and innovative ways of adding value to our partnership.”

He added that the contract extension and expansion showed Wincanton had the “proven capability to deliver value added services that are usually out of scope within a traditional fuels distribution model".

Valero retails under the Texaco brand in the UK and Ireland.