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Chris O’Callaghan, Inver’s CEO, is honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris O'Callaghan, Inver Energy, Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

This years  Annual Irish Forecourt and Retail Convenience Awards 2018 (part of the Penton Publications group) honoured Inver’s CEO, Chris O’Callaghan with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chris has spent 33 years in the fuels industry.  He worked with the major oil company Chevron for 18 years, in a variety of engineering, supply, sales and management roles, working in the USA, Singapore and London, and travelled worldwide representing the company internationally.

Looking to move back to Ireland in 2004 and recognizing an opportunity to develop a large fuel import terminal on the Shannon Estuary, Chris purchased a minority shareholding in Inver Energy and took over as Managing Director. At that time Inver Energy was a black oil and coal distribution business based in Foynes. Co. Limerick. Chris diversified the business activities of the company into marine fuels and into the UK with the acquisition of Texaco’s UK fuel oil and marine business. This acquisition included a large fuels import terminal in Cardiff.

In 2006, he acquired the majority of shares in Inver and has continued to shape the progression of the company to  meet and adapt with the changing needs of the Irish fuel industry. This included moving into the Forecourt business in 2012, and the first Inver forecourt partnership began with Norman Foley. Inver is now the fastest growing forecourt network in Ireland.

In 2016 Chris commenced negotiations with strategic partners to accelerate the growth of Inver. Discussions with Greenergy led to the acquisition of Inver by Greenergy in 2017. Greenergy is a multi-national company and is UK’s largest road fuels and biofuel company. This acquisition is providing the support and resources to grow Inver further. Chris remains as head of Inver, he is the Retail Director of Greenergy’s Branded Retail business in the UK with a network of 450 forecourts, and is a director on the Greenergy board.

While accepting his award, Chris noted, ‘he was honoured and humbled by the award and the company has gone from strength to strength with thanks to the hard work and dedication of the wonderful people who work with me and also thanks to the support of our customers’. Chris closed his comments with ‘I would like to think we have nurtured something special with the Inver brand and in the community.’

Invers flag ship forecourt opens at Hurlers Cross, Limerick

Day time photo of Invers new company owned service station at Hurlers Cross, limerick

Invers forecourt at Hurlers Cross, Limerick

Inver’s new company owned flagship Service Station opened in June at Hurlers Cross in Limerick. This state-of-the art forecourt is another step in the continued growth and expansion of the Inver forecourt network.

Chris O’Callaghan, Inver’s CEO stated ‘We are delighted to open another company owned forecourt and to continue to work with Shane Gleeson.  Shane will manage this  new forecourt in addition to our other recently opened company site at Punches Cross, Limerick. This is an exciting time for the company as we continue to expand the Inver forecourt network, through building company owned locations and partnering with forecourt owners.  We really focus on our ability to bring quality fuel at better prices to our partners.  As a direct Irish fuel supplier we want to continue to build excellent working relationships with Irish forecourt owners and we continually strive to add service and value to our brand and their forecourt business.’

Shane Gleeson has a long business history in Limerick and operates a number of Spar shops in the area including the two Spar shops attached to the new Inver forecourts. Shane noted  ‘I am delighted with the positive response to our new  Inver service stations and Spar shops..’

Ben Lenihan, Inver’s retail director stated ‘Our brand offering is strong and our forecourt partners really benefit with dealing directly with a major independent Irish fuel supplier to maximize their profit.  All our current partnerships have significantly improved their business in terms of volume and margin.

Inver’s think tank opens a new Techspace in Limerick

inver think tank

Inver continues to focus on community and education with the latest Techspace opening in Limerick at the Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Kileely, Limerick. Techspace encourages and inspires our young people to create, produce and have fun with digital technology, they enjoy becoming creators and inventors rather than passive consumers of technology.

Ben Lenihan, Inver’s Retail Director explains “think tank is our way of making a meaningful contribution to our local community. Every time fuel is purchased at an Inver forecourt a cent is put into the think tank. Our focus is on children and education, we seek to improve their maths, science and technology skills. We achieve this though an amazing partnership with Camara Ireland and Foroige”.

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Inver Energy commences supply of Jet Fuel from Foynes

inver supplies cork airport

Inver Energy commenced the supply of Jet Fuel from the AFSC terminal in Foynes. After completion of a project to install dedicated filters and sampling system, the first supply of jet fuel was loaded onto dedicated road tankers for delivery to Cork Airport. This continues Foynes long association with the Aviation business. Foynes was the site of the first commercial transatlantic flights in the 1940s. The close proximity of Foynes to Shannon should lead to further opportunities to supply jet fuel from AFSC.