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Esso and BP sign reciprocal fuel card acceptance agreement

The move will enable Esso card customers to fill up at BP branded sites throughout the UK starting in 2016. There are approximately 1,200 BP forecourts in the UK, which will increase the Esso card acceptance network in the UK to around 3,400 sites once the roll-out is completed. The agreement means that Esso card will be accepted at Esso, Shell and BP branded sites in the UK.

Meanwhile the addition of the approximately 1,000 Esso forecourts in the UK will bring the acceptance of BP PLUS Fuel Cards to circa 3,500 sites once the rollout is completed. This announcement follows the expansion of BP’s branded network by over 100 new sites this year thanks to the recent conversion of a number of Murco sites to the BP brand, as well as other site conversions to BP and the earlier announcement of acceptance at Gulf sites across the UK. The new agreement means that BP PLUS fuel card will be accepted at BP, Texaco, Gulf and Esso sites in the UK.

Commenting on the deal, Naftali Gefen, UK fuel card manager, BP Fuel Cards, said: “At BP, we are committed to expanding our offer to support our fleet customer needs. This collaboration with the Esso network of sites enables us to further improve our offer to BP PLUS fleet customers, giving their drivers even more of a choice and availability when travelling throughout the UK.”

Duncan Connolly, Esso UK retail sales manager, added: “Drivers and fleet operators alike appreciate the flexibility and convenience of Esso card, and this arrangement with the BP network in the UK will further increase choice and availability.”

And Malcolm Joyce, managing director of WEX Europe Services, which issues and operates the Esso card on Esso’s behalf, commented: “We are committed to developing the Esso card network and service throughout Europe, and this agreement will make life easier for drivers and fleet operators in the UK.”

WEX added that it is continuing to develop the Esso card service in Europe, giving fleet operators access to improved tools and services and a greater choice of sites at which to refuel.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.