In March we were forced to suspend the sale of Bio-diesel and Bio-diesel blends at both our Duncan locations. Communication problems have long plagued our aging cardlock station on Allenby Rd at Cowichan Petroleum Sales (CPS). and have now, finally, crippled that outlet. While we continue to troubleshoot the issue, this most recent interruption in service strongly emphasizes the pressing need to upgrade our pump at CPS. We're pleased to share that plans to upgrade the pump are progressing on schedule and we hope to complete the installation by Fall 2018. All members will be updated as the project continues over the next several months.
Unfortunately, increased demand at our second location at Bing's Creek on Drinkwater Rd., coinciding with the declaration of bankruptcy from one of our fuel supply partners has drained our bio-diesel reserves.
Simultaneously (as bad things tend to happen in 3's), we have discovered that after nearly 150,000 L of Bio-diesel produced, our processor at the Cowichan Biofuel Facility needs critical maintenance. The refining/finishing system we use to remove impurities and "polish" our fuel has reached the end of its life and must be replaced. Sourcing this material has proved challenging and expensive, it will likely be next week before we are able to produce quality fuel we are comfortable supplying to our members.
In the interim we've struck a deal with a Vancouver based producer to supply our pumps while we work to bring our in-house production back online. We will aim to reopen our Bing's Creek location on Wednesday, April 11.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these issues have caused and hope you understand we are working to bring services back as quickly as possible. We will reach out again to our members in the following weeks with an update on Bio-diesel availability.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support for sustainable biodiesel
Please contact us with any questions or concerns,
Your Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op President, Brian Roberts and Team.