This is an article from the March Bulletin Issue written by Nathaniel Fuller, Business Development Manager, Ledbury Welding & Engineering Ltd.

LWE believe that the VEHESTA can bridge that gap between the present and the future, in a way which maintains your customers’ need to obtain fuel/energy to power their vehicle, whilst going about their daily life.

Ledbury Welding & Engineering Ltd (LWE) are the leading manufacturer of above ground petrol storage tanks in the UK. The SuperVault is their flagship product, with this vessel providing the storage element of their modular filling stations.

The format of a standard petrol filling station (PFS) has developed significantly over the years. However, in terms of liquid storage, the reliance on below ground tanks to hold the fuel has largely remained the same.

LWE has pioneered the alternative concept of Modular Filling Stations. However, with the road to 2030, LWE felt that this needed rebranding and developing. As a result, they are pleased to introduce the VEHESTA – VEHicle Energy STAtion.


The reasons for, as well as the principle causes of, climate change can be debated at great length. However, the net effect of the need for action to halt its progress is going to have a dramatic effect on the petroleum industry as we know it. The development of vehicles powered with alternative fuels is a direct result of the UK Government’s policy to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2030. We believe the VEHESTA provides the flexibility to aid the creation of energy stations, which cover the needs of the alternative fuels sector, as well as the development of new methods of vehicle propulsion. It is essential for the long-term future of our industry, firstly, that we survive these changes, and then continue on to prosper, as the motor industry follows government policy by delivering new production models for the mass market.

VEHESTA for the future

Looking at the future of the industry, are we able to confidently predict that the current blueprint for PFS design will meet the needs of customers in the medium to long term?

Continuing to follow the existing model may result in fixed, inflexible installations, where the cost of change or decommissioning may not be in 30+ years, but in the region of 15 years or even less. Should this be the case, then the solution is a design that not only meets the need of today’s marketplace, but also has the flexibility to change, adapt and incorporate the needs of vehicle propulsion and energy in the future.

Having considered this, the VEHicle Energy STAtion of the future may well change significantly, and there will be a need to provide flexible, adaptable and cost-effective solutions.

The VEHESTA is an above ground solution. Its location can be moved, it remains an asset to the owner and has the flexibility to incorporate whatever changes are needed for the energy station to remain viable. LWE are developing new designs and configurations which will initially cater for large bulk fuel storage, but as volumes gradually decline, this capacity may be adapted to encapsulate alternatives.

The principle is a POD design, which can be adapted to cover the need to keep specific separation distances between hazardous zones. These designs also allow the inclusion of a kiosk/shop within the structure but, as always, maintaining the principle of covered multiple fuelling lanes to ensure a pleasant customer experience.

We believe that the VEHESTA can bridge that gap between the present and the future, in a way which maintains your customers’ need to obtain fuel/energy to power their vehicle, whilst going about their daily life. As human beings, we are creatures of habit, so a solution that delivers on both the technical and operational requirements, but also has the flexibility to be that “Go To” place for your vehicle energy may well be the station of the future.

VEHESTA delivers on the following:

• Flexible for future vehicle energy needs, as driven by environmental change.

• Proven design that delivers the requirements for a modern fuelling station.

• The ability to integrate future alternative fuels and technology, cost effectively.

• The alternative solution that maintains asset value through whole life cycle.

• Allows the incorporation of a shop/kiosk, within one of the pods. For further information on the VEHSTA or for above ground fuel storage tanks, contact Ledbury Welding Ltd Tel: 01531 632222 •

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