Chinook Fuels: Managing Fuel use, at their fingertips

Since 2006, Chinook Fuels has been proudly serving the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the oil sands region of northern Alberta as an Esso branded reseller and Mobil distributor. Throughout this time, the economy has seen its share of highs and lows. This has prompted many oil sands companies, contractors, and customers of Chinook to reflect on their current business practices and find ways to increase efficiency, reliability, trackability, safety, all while decreasing spending, and unnecessary downtime.

Understanding the challenges Chinook’s customers’ face with managing and tracking fuel, Chinook looked to leverage industry leaders in fuel equipment and management capabilities to find the best solution to meet its needs. This led Chinook to the EKOS (Energy Knowledge Operating System) powered by Gasboy.

The EKOS System is connected to the fuel storage tank cardlock station, and is the only cloud based platform that provides fleet managers with visibility of their fleet, inventory monitoring, fuel management and accurate reporting. You can view which unit and driver are fueling, at what time, and how many liters of fuel is dispensed all on the personalized dashboard. With real time reporting, EKOS assists in reducing admin time, fuel theft, and managing fuel use.

Gasboy also provides additional electronic fuel controllers: the Fuel Truck Controller and the Fuel Point Plus System.

The Fuel Point Plus System, uses secure RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) communication rings which are placed on the fuel tank of each vehicle in the fleet that will be fueling at that cardlock or by fuel truck.

  • The RFID tag enables the card reader on the cardlock or fuel truck dispenser to identify the vehicle, and captures other data, including fuel levels, mileage, and maintenance due.
  • Information collected by the RFID tag is sent directly to the EKOS system and can be seen and managed on the dashboard. This valuable information will enable fleet managers to track and schedule preventative maintenance, in turn, ensuring fleet reliability and decreasing downtime.

Chinook is ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring this technology to the oil sands region and its customers. Chinook is working with Kearl Lake Oilsands cardlock to implement the EKOs – Gasboy system over the course the next 12 months.

Please reach out to Brianne Oke (brianne.oke@chinookfuels.ca) for more information on how you can implement a similar system!