AN information technology-based fuel management system introduced to the market this week has found buyers from local industries intent to curtail rampan
t thefts in the fuel distribution sector.
The management system was launched on Tuesday by SmartFuel Zimbabwe which won the franchise from South Africa-based SmartFuel International.
Information obtained by businessdigest indicated that a number of companies had expressed interest in the technology, said by promoters to curb fuel thefts.
Oil companies and large fleet operators can connect pumps to computers in their back offices, allowing them to manage fuel sales or consumption.
Management can also control the days, hours, quantity and frequency of fills for each vehicle using SmartFuel’s software.
SmartFuel International executives jetted into the country this week to demonstrate the technology to major companies, among them logistical concern Unifreight, Zimasco, dairy products manufacturer DZL Holdings and the
Central Mechanical Equipment Department and leading petroleum companies.
“Corruption makes it difficult for us to get fuels at official prices but this technology was developed for efficient fuel management. It is spreading across Africa,” said SmartFuel Zimbabwe chief executive officer Sonny Gumbo.
In South Africa major oil companies like Caltex and Shell, mining concerns and motor dealers, Land Rover, Imperial, Hino and Toyota are using the technology.
The software creates a link between the forecourt, front office and back office allowing proper management of fuel sales including end of shift reports by service station attendants.