Since August 2020 Oliudreifing has received a formal equal pay certification and a permit to use the Equal Pay Label until the year 2023. The main objective of equal pay certification is to combat gender-based wage differentials and promote gender equality within the workforce. This is therefore an important confirmation that the procedure for deciding wages at Oliudreifing is based on objective considerations and does not involve gender-based discrimination.

The Gender Equality Certification standard was passed as a law in 2017 and came into effect in 2018.   All Icelandic companies with 25 employees or more, are subjected to this legislation and have to pass a rigorous auditing scheme.   Once the certification has been obtained, companies are audited annually as is required to maintain the certification.

On 12 February of this year, Olíudreifing’s new vessel arrived in Reykjavik Harbour after a journey of 4,200 nautical miles from its place of construction in the Akdeniz shipyard in Adana, Turkey. The vessel was named Keilir, the same name as that of the Company’s vessel built in China in 2002. Keilir will replace M/T Laugarnes, which has been owned by Olíudreifing since 1998. An agreement on the construction of a new vessel was signed in Reykjavík on 16 January 2018. Keilir was built according to the shipyard’s design, the 5th ship to be built according to this blueprint. Keilir is also the fourth tanker vessel to be built for Icelandic operations. Previously, Stapafell I and Stapafell II had been built for Olíufélagið and Skipadeild Sambandsins, and the previous Keilir for Olíudreifing in Shanghai in 2002. A total of eleven oil tankers have been owned by Icelanders, excluding boats.

The latest development in security matters was a primary focus during the building of the ship. The new Keilir has great improvements in everything concerning safety in marine transport of fuel, as compared to Laugarnes. These include a double bottom and shell plating, two main engines with two rudders and screws, which provides great security in difficult circumstances, e.g. in the event of a failure of a main engine, as the ship can easily be sailed using the power of one main engine. All navigation is more efficient and safer with two propellers, as opposed to a single propeller system. The ship is also equipped with a powerful bow thruster and firefighting equipment, which further increases the ship’s safety. There is heating equipment in all eight tanks, which are painted with an epoxy paint system from Hempels. There are also washing machines to wash cargo tanks. There are eight Svanehoj pumps in the ship, one in each tank.

Tempus fugit.  On 2 June, Olíudreifing celebrated its 20th anniversary.  At the beginning of June 1995 the Company was founded by Olíufélagið (ESSO) and Olíuverslun Íslands (Olís), and shortly afterwards the Company's first employee, Grétar Mar Steinarsson, was hired.  Grétar worked alongside certain employees of the owners towards preparing and planning the operations, and arguably the reorganisation and merger of the distribution systems of the aforesaid companies was among the most extensive organisation of work processes that have taken place in this country.

As most people know, operations began formally on 1 January 1996 when we took over and combined the service departments of our owners along with part of their distribution systems, such as the import harbours at Örfirisey, Laugarnes and in Hvalfjörður.  We also took over the operation of Stapafell and the joint venture of Kyndill along with the oil tankers Bláfell, Héðinn Valdimarsson and Lágafell. In its first year of business, Olíudreifing took on the task of distribution from Skaftafell in the east to Húnaflói, including the southern part of the West Fjords, and the following year the North of Iceland was added, and the taking over of the distribution system was completed in 1998, excluding Keflavík and Ísafjörður.

From the beginning, the task of Olíudeifing has been to achieve streamlining in the distribution and storage of fuel as well as to provide the sale, installation and maintenance of specialised equipment for delivering fuel.  The results have not been wanting and they are measurable in every area, despite the fact that at the same time the mandatory requirements that are made with regard to our activities have become stricter each successive year, and at least 177 new laws and regulations have entered into effect since the Company was founded, to name only a few things.

Today there are about 140 employees working for Olíudreifing, somewhat fewer than the maximum number of 198 during the first few years.  The same can be said for the depots, which in the beginning were 76 in number at 56 locations in the country, whereas today they are 23 in the same number of locations, and all of them meet the requirements regarding pollution and fire prevention that apply to this type of activities.  The number of vehicles used for transporting fuel were 125 at the beginning of operations, and now they are 44.  It is clear that the depots will become even fewer in number than at present, and the same goes for transportation equipment.

It is worth mentioning our success in reducing accidents and adverse incidents, which is one part of our operations where we can never rest on our laurels. Clearly this is not least due to the good work procedures which we follow in our daily operations, as well as the obligations which the British Standard Institute imposes on us through the introduction of ISO standards and certification.

As has been reported, Olíudreifing received the Prevention Award from VÍS and the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health on 4 February, at the conference “Occupational Safety Challenges”.  The award was given to a company that had taken excellent measures preventive work and security matters, and according to the above-mentioned parties, Olíudreifing had done excellent work in that respect.

Safety and environmental issues are a priority for Olíudreifing and an ever-increasing part of the Company’s operations.  We are of course very grateful for this recognition, but we also know that this is not the final stop or end of anything.

Safety issues and preventive measures are an ongoing work that we will constantly strive to improve.  Safety issues mainly concern protecting the environment as well as the lives and health of our employees and others.  It may therefore be said that public health is at the heart of these concerns.

We have attempted, in consultation with VÍS - which from the beginning has been our insurance company - and also, in recent years, with our certification company, BSI, to revise and strengthen all our work processes and achieve a higher level of discipline in our work methods.  We also maintain very close ties and cooperation with the government institutions that our operations are governed by, such as the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment Agency of Iceland, for we all share the same goal, i.e. to reduce the number of adverse incidents and accidents. 

Regular visits from professional bodies and audits of the activities of Olíudreifing result in the accountability and encouragement that is necessary for us to achieve better results and acquire more knowledge that will be of use in risk prevention within the Company.  The last audit performed by BSI resulted in no written notification for us, merely some indications regarding certain things that could be done better.  It is therefore clear that we will strive to maintain the same course, and if we are to be successful we must all make an effort.


Annual audit of the activities of Olíudreifing

On 12–16 May, a BSI auditor carried out an annual audit of Olíudreifing for the quality standard ISO 9001, the environmental standard ISO 14001 and the safety standard OHSAS 18001, and as most of us know a certification process was carried out for Olíudreifing regarding the introduction of these standards around the end of last year. The results of this audit were eagerly anticipated, for even if the introduction of the standards proceeded successfully it does not necessarily follow that operations will be adequately conducted in accordance with them. 

To make a long story short, the audit yielded good results as only three notes were made in the report, which cannot be considered severe as the audit took place at a time when all facilities were in full operation, and this gives us a good indication that we are satisfactorily working in accordance with the obligatory safety requirements and work procedures.

Much work has been devoted to establishing and maintaining the work procedures required according to the standards, and it must also be kept in mind that their purpose is not least to prevent accidents and adverse incidents from occurring, and thereby protect the health of employees and defend the environment against human intrusion. This autumn, audits will continue to be made when certain selected locations in rural areas will be visited.

Today Hörður Gunnarsson, on behalf of Olíudreifing, and 102 other representatives of companies signed a climate declaration at a ceremony that was held at Höfði:"We the undersigned intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise negative environmental impact through targeted actions.

The nations of the world are now facing the consequences of climate change. The United Nations have taken on a leading role in analysing the problem, dealing with it and adapting to changed circumstances.

Municipalities and companies of all sizes are becoming ever more important when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the goals that have been set to reduce emissions.

The main challenges in Iceland include pollution from transport and waste disposal. We intend to show social responsibility in action by:

  1.  reducing greenhouse gas emissions

  2. reducing waste generation

  3.  measuring the results and regularly publishing information about the status of the aforesaid factors.

This task is quite compatible with the environmental policy and targets of Olíudreifing, and it will be exciting to take part in the subsequent cooperation between these companies.


Eftir úttekt BSI, British Standard Institute, hefur öll starfsemi Olíudreifingar ehf nú fengið gæðavottun samkvæmt ISO 9001:2008 gæðastaðlinum.

Gæðastjórnunarkerfi dreifingarsviðs og aðalskrifstofu hafa verið vottuð síðustu þrjú árin, en í síðustu úttekt voru þjónustusvið, tæknisvið og sölusvið tekið með í gildissvið vottunarinnar og þar með allt fyrirtækið.