Truck drivers on our roads have been given some good news, with a $110 million ‘state-of-the-art’ fuel facility declared officially open in Port Bonython on Tuesday.
The fuel terminal, located 20 kilometers north of Whyalla, has the capacity to supply diesel for up to 70 trucks per day, but can only service a minimal amount during its initial stage.
Petro Diamond Australia (PDA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Japan-based Mitsubishi Corporation, initiated the construction of the terminal in November 2014.
Chief Executive Officer Yasuyuki Suzuki said the business was looking forward to serving the region.
“We will be supplying high-quality diesel which is the ‘lifeblood’ for many industries, such as mining, agriculture, fishery, transport and distribution,” he said.
“Witnessing this project coming to fruition with the safe completion of construction and commissioning is truly an amazing feeling.”
Between 120-130 workers were employed during the peak of site’s construction with majority (70%) of them coming from the Whyalla region, and three full time terminal operators will continue to work on site.
The facility coming online is likely to increase the amount of trucks on the region’s roads, but the impact of the heavier traffic had been ‘assessed by relevant authorities’, according to PDA.
Acting mayor Tom Antonio said the it was ‘gratifiying’ to see Petro Diamond put an investment into the region’s economy.
“This will certainly send a strong message out to companys like Petro Diamond that they can invest in our region and get great results with great efficiency,” he said.
“They can supply their product to all over Australia, meaning trucks will be able to travel up to far-reaching places like Alice Springs from a centrally-located base right here in Whyalla.”
“The facility can also supply diesel to companies like Arrium,and the likes meaning they will be able to run their operations in a more cost-effective way.”
“Petro Diamond vision for our region is outstanding and demonstrates the confidence they have for our area.”
Cr Antonio said he was ‘honoured’ that Petro Diamond had chosen the Whyalla region for the location of the facility.which is first class
“I am very confident that this terminal has got potential to expand and I would love to see a refinery here in the future, which would big bonus for Whyalla and surrounding areas,” he said.
“Along with the state and federal governments the Whyalla City Council is working hard to make sure we entice companies to invest in Whyalla and it’s up to all in the region to drive and support this.”
“The environment and the cost of doing business from wWyalla are brilliant so there’s no reason why companies like Petro Diamond can’t invest in our city - the council and I are pulling out every stump to make this happen.”
The facility consists of three 27 million litre diesel tanks, 2 truck loading gantries and approximately 5 kilometres of receival pipeline linking the existing jetty facility to the new terminal, which has been built to meet all Australian Standards and EPA requirements.