Shell builds new fuel storage tanks for Bowen Basin

Shell Australia has opened two new diesel tanks in Mackay to provide fuel to the Bowen Basin's mining industry.

Holding a combined 38 million litres, the two tanks are the company's largest in Australia.

Shell facilities manager Paul Benjamin explained that the tanks are a response to industry's growing needs in the region.

"Shell’s investment in the Mackay tanks is the largest investment in its terminal network in Australia for many years.

"The tanks are the largest in the Shell Australia terminal network, and each holding 19 million litres of diesel, supporting our customer’s growth requirements in the Far North Queensland region," Benjamin said.

The development has been welcomed by Mackay mayor Deirdre Comerford.

"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," Comerford stated at the opening.

"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."

This latest development comes after Shell reopened its Miles depot in the prospective Surat Basin earlier this year.

The tanks reportedly took more than 140 000 hours to build.

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