IOR was founded by Arthur Nommensen and John Bonnor in 1984, with the construction of the Eromanga Oil Refinery in the small town of Eromanga, Queensland; a remote and climatically harsh part of desert Australia. IOR saw that local oil refining would be ideally suited to take advantage of the emergence of the surrounding Cooper/Eromanga Basin as the pre-eminent oil and gas province in on-shore Australia during the 1980s.
The refinery was commissioned in 1986. Since then, Eromanga Oil Refinery has been continuously refining 1250 barrels per day of locally produced crude oils into fuels and specialty petroleum solvents for local and industrial markets within Australia.
IOR stands for Inland Oil Refinery, and the company is proud of its fuel heritage.
In 1996 IOR discovered the Inland Oilfield in the Cooper Basin, which at the time was one of Australia’s top 10 onshore oil fields by reserves. This oilfield began production within 3 months of discovery due to the dynamism and creativity of IOR personnel.
In the following years IOR expanded its exploration and production interests in the Cooper and Otway Basins until in 2011, it sold all its oil exploration and producing assets to Bridgeport Energy Ltd. This sale formed part of IOR’s program to focus on new growth opportunities.
During the 90s IOR built a reputation for innovation and practical refinery technology that assisted customers operating in remote regions where transport and operating costs were high and reliable supporting services problematic. IOR’s technology was utilised by companies working in the remote areas of Russian Siberia the highlands of Papua New Guinea and Australia where IOR fabricated and installed mini oil refineries for third party operators.
In 2004, Stewart Morland and Ross Mackenzie bought Arthur Nommensen’s share of IOR. In the following year, IOR opened its first 24/7 unmanned diesel stop at Winton in Queensland. Responding to the needs of its customers, IOR now has over 50 diesel stops sites across all mainland states in regional and remote Australia. A number of these regional locations have become fuel depots from which IOR distributes bulk fuel to surrounding communities and regionally based industries such as the long distance transport, farming, mining, oil and gas sectors businesses.
IOR’s fuel network is a very modern and safe transport and fuel distribution fleet comprised of rigid tankers, B Doubles and Road Train configurations.
To improve the cost and quality of its own 24/7 fuel outlets IOR commenced the direct manufacturing and fit out of steel fuel tanks to serve its internal fuel storage needs. It wasn’t long before IOR’s fuel tanks were in demand for sale and rental by our clients as a cost effective, safe and efficient fuel tank or fuel supply solution.
In July 2013, Stewart Morland and Ross Mackenzie bought out IOR’s final founding owner John Bonnor to become the co-owners of IOR.
Moving into the future, IOR sees continued expansion in its diesel stops across regional and remote Australia as part of our commitment to sustaining and growing out outback communities.
IOR continues heavy investment in research and development to provide integrated fuel access, storage and management solutions to meet the specific needs of our customers.
Our goal continues to be making life easier for our clients, and providing them with total solutions. We are proud of our heritage, and look forward to continuing to grow into the future.