Shell expands QLD diesel facilities

Shell has announced the expansion of its Mackay terminal in Queensland. The recent commissioning of a larger and fully-automated diesel loading gantry has allowed the company to extend availability of Shell Diesel Extra to Mackay 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.

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,” said Scott Wyatt, Shell’s General Manager, Supply and Distribution.

“This gives us a 40 per cent quicker turnaround, effectively reducing congestion and waiting times in and around the terminal,” he said.

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,” said Scott.

The $5million expansion project involved the construction of an additional gantry bay dedicated to diesel supply and specific dosing equipment to allow the supply of Shell Diesel Extra.

The project, which took approximately six months to construct, involved over 50 people from 20 contracting companies including more than 10 local businesses.

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