The opening of the import terminal was welcomed by Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford, who cut the ribbon at the official opening of the $70million terminal, which has been under construction since March 2013.
In a statement the company said, “The terminal will boost Australia’s fuel import capabilities in regional Queensland and increase fuel storage capacity to ensure the region is fully supported despite a downturn in Australia’s refinery industry. ”
Boasting six storage tanks with 56 megalitres of storage capacity and joined to the port by a dedicated overground pipeline of 1.6 kilometres, Puma Energy Australia’s general manager Ray Taylor said the terminal would ensure supply security and provide much-needed competition to central and north Queensland.
“A great deal of Australia’s mining activity happens out of Central Queensland and supply security is critical to ensure the industry’s success,” Mr Taylor said.
“As more Australian refineries close we will start to see a greater dependence on fuel imports, and yet there has been a significant lack of investment towards developing the infrastructure needed to manage this change.
“We are responding to a significant gap in the market…” Mr Taylor said.
• Four 10 megalitre tanks of diesel (22.5m wide x 27m tall)
• One 10 megalitre tank of enhanced diesel or diesel (22.5m wide x 27m tall)
• One 6 megalitre tank of ULP (20m wide x 22m tall)
• 1.6km overground pipeline from the wharf to the tank farm
• Fuel Loading Gantry to accommodate B-double tanker trucks
• Capable of 24/7 operations.