Shell has continued to invest in expanding the facilities, capacity and product availability at its Mackay terminal. The recent commissioning of a larger and fully-automated diesel loading gantry has allowed Shell to extend availability of Shell Diesel Extra to Mackay, helping to provide security of supply and offering more choice to customers in the region.

This project follows the launch of two new diesel tanks at Mackay last July, which increased diesel storage capacity at the terminal by 38 million litres.

The $5 million expansion project involved construction of an additional gantry bay dedicated to diesel supply and specific dosing equipment to allow the supply of Shell Diesel Extra. With four fuel-loading arms capable of loading various diesel products simultaneously, and configuration to allow B-double access, it significantly increases the loading capacity.

“The new gantry will load a B-double in 15 minutes, compared to 25 minutes in the existing bay,” says Shell’s general manager, supply & distribution Scott Wyatt. “This gives us a 40% quicker turnaround, effectively reducing congestion and waiting times in and around the terminal.”

The investment in new infrastructure and storage aims to meet the growing customer demand for diesel in the Bowen Basin region. “This state-of-the-art facility will improve and accelerate the distribution of Shell diesel products to our customers throughout the greater Mackay region, and it also gives Shell better ability to respond to demand peaks,” says Scott Wyatt.

The project, which took about six months to construct, involved more than 50 people from 20 contracting companies including more than 10 local businesses. Throughout the construction Shell maintained uninterrupted supply to customers by ensuring the existing gantry and delivery facilities were available 24 hours a day.

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