Adnoc launches 'drive through' service stations

At least 50 “drive through” service stations will be built by Adnoc Distribution across the UAE by the end of 2020.

Customers will be able to refuel their car and buy goods from the comfort of their vehicle. Known as "on the go" stations, the units are designed for smaller neighbourhoods where large fuel stations are impractical.

People can fuel their car as normal and select what items they want from a digital display. These can be collected from a window – similar to a conventional drive-through that operates for fast food chains.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Adnoc group chief executive, said the stations will advance the UAE’s economic development. “Their innovative, flexible design allows us to deliver tailor-made solutions for any location and serve customers where larger, traditional stations would not be practical,” he said.

A prototype of the new stations was unveiled at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec) that opened in the capital on Monday.

Adnoc Distribution, meanwhile, is in the process of renovating its convenience shops and it is believed this will be complete by the end of 2021. Last week, it announced motorists no longer had to pay aDh10 charge to have their vehicle filled by an forecourt assistant.

The company is also increasing efforts to have more people use its Adnoc Wallet cashless payment method. Customers can top up their account with a credit or debit card and pay for goods without the hassle of using cash. A loyalty programme will also be launched by the end of the year.

Abu Dhabi is not the only emirate with plans for expansion in the energy sector.

Last month, Emirates National Oil Company, the largest fuel retailer in Dubai, said it would double the number of its service stations from 133 by 2021 and launched an on-demand fuel service called Enoc Link. The service will deliver fuel to a customer's doorstep – initially to commercial customers who may find it difficult to access regular service stations.

Another petrol delivery service, Cafu, is also available in Dubai. The private company was created by Rashid Al Ghurair and became the region’s first fuel-booking and delivery app when it launched last year.