Aerial shot of St Sampson Terminal before the reclamation project by the States of Guernsey

History of the Terminal

The fuel terminal at Bulwer Avenue was originally built in the 1920s, but by the 1960s it needed to expand to accommodate the increasing demand from the tomato growing industry.

In 1955 Shell UK purchased the fuel terminal and Fuel Supplies (C.I.) Ltd operated the site. Shell UK, in 2008, transferred ownership of the terminal to Fuel Supplies (C.I.) Ltd, who then became owner/operator. In 2012, St Sampson Terminal Ltd was created to take over ownership and operation of the terminal allowing Fuel Supplies (C.I.) Ltd to focus on importation and distribution.

In 1963 the first of 5 new tanks was built, this helped to manage the increase in demand from industry but also the diversification of product requirements from households and motorists.

Fuelling a truck in 1956 at St Sampson Terminal

The importation of fuel is always a key concern for an island community, and even more so for Guernsey. This is due to the tidal restrictions of St. Sampson's harbour. In 2008, to help manage these challenges, the States of Guernsey purchased two NAABSA (not always afloat but safely aground) tanker ships, enabling the unloading of product in a drying out berth.

Fuels are delivered to St Sampson Terminal by two NAABSA ships, which berth at St. Sampson harbour about 15 times per year. 

The fuel terminal covers over 129,000 Sq. Ft and is situated in the North East of Guernsey (St. Sampson). The terminal comprises of 10 main storage tanks with individual sizes ranging from 500 to 1,400 cubic metres and a total working capacity of around 8,400 cubic metres. 

St Sampson Terminal Ltd is continuously engaged in developing an investment programme to make sure the fuel terminal remains a strategic asset in the distribution of fuels to Guernsey and the Channel Islands.