Shell Australia has made the most significant investment in decades at its Mackay terminal, opening new diesel storage tanks to provide additional capacity and supply security to its Bowen Basin and Far North Queensland customers.
The two new tanks will offer an extra 38 million litre capacity which Shell believes will respond to both the current demand and future growth in the region.
“Shell’s investment in the Mackay tanks is the largest investment in its terminal network in Australia for many years,” says the company’s facilities manager Paul Benjamin. “The tanks are some of the largest in the Shell Australia terminal network, and each holds 19 million litres of diesel, supporting our customer’s growth requirements in Far North Queensland.”
The Mayor of Mackay Regional Council, Cr Deirdre Comerford, who officially opened the new diesel tanks, said the investment will help support regional development in Mackay. “Mackay is developing at a fast rate. Existing mines in the nearby Bowen Basin are being expanded, new mines are under construction and our rail and port facilities are all expanding which require diesel fuel. I am glad two new diesel storage tanks have been built in Mackay to support our development and help our region continue to grow and prosper.”
About 200 workers built the new fuel tanks over more than 140,000 hours. Earlier this year, Shell reopened its Miles depot in the heart of the Surat Basin to increase diesel supply to the mining industry. The company’s commitment to growth and support of the Australian resources sector also includes further investment in construction of new diesel storage in Newcastle, Kalgoorlie and King Bay, as well as building biodiesel capacity from the Newport terminal in Victoria.