Five major trends in the development of gas stations

Driven by the trend of green and low-carbon gas station development, terminals for oil and gas sales, are gradually showing five major development trends:

1. The construction of the “oil, gas, hydrogen, electricity, and services” comprehensive energy service station construction will be accelerated

In 2020, China’s National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration encouraged the establishment of integrated transportation energy service stations integrating oil, gas, electricity,

and hydrogen. According to the China Society of Automotive Engineers,

sales of new energy vehicles are expected to reach 9 million units by 2023, an increase of 35%,

and the market penetration rate will reach 32.6%, providing a demand basis for oil companies to accelerate the development of charging and swapping and hydrogen energy businesses.

By 2025, more than 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations will be built across the country, and the number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will reach 100,000.

The industrialization and commercialization of hydrogen energy will be accelerated. In 2030, the proportion of new clean energy-powered vehicles in China will reach 40%.

oil, gas, hydrogen, electricity, and services comprehensive energy service station

For the oil products business, we will reduce the content of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, sulfur, etc.

in gasoline and diesel to reduce nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and other pollutants released by combustion;

for the natural gas business, we will focus on incremental increases and efficiency improvements,

and we will “change the oil to gas” The vehicle provides LNG, CNG, and other energy guarantees.

Oil and gas companies will accelerate cooperation with automobile brands and leading companies in the battery industry to accelerate the layout of charging and swapping businesses,

especially the investment and construction of independent charging and swapping stations.

Gas stations are also gradually attaching importance to non-oil businesses,

providing retail, coffee, auto repair, maintenance, and other services to create a value ecosystem of “people, cars, and life”.

2. Refined oil retail will adhere to efficiency priority and high-quality development

With the accelerated recovery of the national economy and social development, the level of tourism consumption has increased significantly,

and the continuation of the preferential purchase tax policy for traditional fuel vehicles and local policies to promote automobile consumption will drive the consumption of refined oil to increase.

Refined oil retail companies will be profit-oriented and adhere to high-quality development. The increase in the number of gas stations will remain low. Oil companies will focus on developing efficient markets, attach importance to the development of high-quality sites in strategic areas, and continue to close gas stations with poor economic returns.

In the operation of gas stations, more emphasis will be placed on differentiation and precision marketing. Transform from extensive management that focuses on expanding scale to refined management to promote high-quality development of gas stations.

3. Gas station business shows diversified, large-scale, and chain development

Nowadays, in the context of increasingly fierce competition in the refined oil market, the non-oil business has become a new performance growth point for oil companies. The retail business has gradually shifted from traditional offline to “online + offline”, “pre-sale + self-pickup”, and “societies + community + social” and other models have developed.

Gas station business shows diversified, large-scale, and chain development

In addition, scale and chaining have also become new trends in the development of gas stations.

In 2020, the Ministry of Commerce issued the “Opinions on Promoting the High-Quality Development of Petroleum Refined Oil Circulation”,

proposing to guide social “small retail” gas stations to cooperate with main channel enterprises through franchising, trusteeship operations, leasing operations, etc.

Through unified management standards, unified service quality, and unified marketing strategies, gas stations carry out standardized, informative,

and digital management of economic activities to reduce circulation costs and achieve economies of scale.

4. The informatization and intelligent transformation of gas stations will further accelerate

Intelligence and informatization have become the development trend of the gas station industry.

“Smart gas stations” can connect the upstream and downstream industries of refined oil products,

use the internet of things, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and other technologies to digitally transform and upgrade traditional gas stations,

improve customer consumption experience, and realize the features of “connection, evolution, and intelligent” for gas stations.

Real-time nozzle interface

  • For the refueling process, the automatic metering, settlement, deduction, and invoicing features of smart petrol stations will significantly reduce refueling time.
  • For the oil product sales process, big data profiling technology and customer invitation technology can be used to attract new customers through refined diversion. Improve the loyalty and recall rate of car owners through the rating and points system.
  • For the oil supply process, the Internet of Things can be used to intelligently manage loading, unloading, transportation, storage, and sales.
  • For the sales process of non-oil products, the speed of product updates can be improved through customized products, intelligent replenishment, visual displays, and other means.

The informatization and intelligent development of gas stations will help gas stations improve quality and efficiency and reduce costs.

5. Gas stations will be more active in green energy use and low-carbon transformation

Exploring green and low-carbon transformation in the operation process of gas stations is the effort that gas stations should make to achieve the “double carbon” goal.

Judging from the energy consumption of gas stations, gas stations can deploy photovoltaic modules on the roof of the building to generate electricity,

and can also build small wind power generation systems. In addition to fully meeting their own power needs, they can also provide part of the green power to society.

Photovoltaic power generation on top of gas station

In addition, intelligent monitoring technology can be used to monitor the energy consumption data of gas station on-site equipment operations in real time.

The use of energy-saving lamps and intelligent light control equipment can effectively reduce the power consumption of gas stations.

At the same time, carbon emissions reduction can also be achieved through various channels such as oil and gas recovery, sewage recycling and treatment, and digital offices.

Through green operation methods such as green electricity, energy conservation, and emission reduction,

we can achieve “zero emissions” in gas station operations and help build carbon-neutral gas stations.

These five major trends will put forward more comprehensive and professional requirements for the infrastructure construction operation and management of gas stations.

The gas station industry needs to actively follow up and achieve a leading position in the industry through innovation and sustainable development.


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