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APEA and SPT associations sign cooperation agreement

The British and Nordic forecourt equipment associations will share knowledge on training, safety and regulations concerning petrol station operations.



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The United Kingdom’s Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) and the Scandinavian Petroleum Technic Association (SPT) announced on Wednesday a new cooperation agreement that will see the two associations tie links to encourage training and education for forecourt professionals in Britain and Scandinavia.

At the SPT Nordic Conference 2018, which took place this Wednesday in Stockholm (Sweden), Anton Martiniussen, Chairman of the APEA ,and Jan-Erik Lindström, Secretary General of SPT, signed an agreement that will promote close liaison, training activities and exchange of information in both geographical areas. 

“Our goal is to share knowledge and experience as we have almost the same opportunities and problems in Britain and Scandinavia. We can learn from each other through this new relationship,” says Lindström. 

Founded in 1973, SPT (sptass.eu) is a Nordic trade organisation for businesses that work in the construction, installation, service and repair of fuel stations. Its members represent a wide range of trades from hydraulics, electronics, construction, pipelines and decontamination to consultation and environmental control.

The APEA, established 60 years ago (apea.org.uk), is a UK-based not for profit organisation that includes members from all quarters of the petroleum industry, from regulators and authorities to oil companies and equipment manufactures. The association also issues The Bulletin, a quarterly publication, and the Blue Book, a technical guidance book covering design , construction, maintenance and decommission of filling stations that is not only used in the UK but also in other areas of the world.

“With this associated association membership we want to share knowledge, technical information and to enable the members to collaborate across countries facing the technical challenges ahead. Both of these associations come from a technical background and the focus is on the technical, scientific side with regulations in mind rather than commercial activities,” says Martiniussen.

After becoming Chairman of the APEA in 2016, Martiniussen looked around for possibilities of collaborating with other associations. The international reputation of SPT and the good relationship with its leadership, including Niklas Nagorny, Deputy Secretary General at SPT, convinced him to partner with the Nordic association. 

“Ultimately it is all about the protection of the environment and safety of motorists. The APEA’s training courses are designed to support current safety and regulatory requirements as well as enabling industry professionals become more familiar with particular aspect of service station design and enforcement and to  encourage best practice on the  forecourt. With the SPT group we can share this knowledge, broaden our experience and continue improving,” explains Martiniussen.

The signing of the document took place during the SPT Nordic Conference, organised by SPT in cooperation with the trade association Swedish Petroleum and Biofuels Institute (SPBI). The one-day event included a small exhibition, a conference program that explored the future of the industry and the increased presence of alternative fuels in Scandinavia, and a joint evening dinner. 

The APEA also have  their own annual event in the UK, taking place November 22 in Milton Keynes, combining an exhibition with a technical conference that conclude on a gala evening dinner and industry awards.

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Eric Green G.F. Canada consltents LTD

Good luck for cooperation,I would be happy to offer the cooperation to the Israeli market as well.