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Australia's mining community prepares for Puma

Posted on 12/03/2014 by in Puma Energy

Global fuel distributer and Australia's largest independent fuel operator Puma Energy is nearing the completion of its $70 million greenfield import terminal in Mackay. Mackay's local newspaper, Daily Mercury, celebrates the investment in the region.

Puma Energy Australia's first greenfield import terminal in Mackay, northern Queensland, has entered its final stages of construction, signalling an enormous opportunity for the region's mining community.

Scheduled to open in May 2014, the development of the AU$70 million terminal has been managed seamlessly by an in-house project management team since it started construction in March 2013.

The terminal will boast six storage tanks with 56 megalitres of storage capacity, joined to the port by a dedicated overground pipeline of 1.6 kilometres.

Puma Energy Australia's general manager Ray Taylor said the terminal was a key component in the company’s medium- and long-term strategy for central and north Queensland.

 “A great deal of Australia's mining activity happens out of central Queensland and at the moment these companies just don't have access to a flexible, independent fuel operator that can adequately service all their needs," Mr Taylor said.

"We are responding to a significant gap in the market and our investment in Mackay is to support the mining industry and our acquisition of Central Combined Group, which has an outstanding reputation in the region.”

The terminal has been declared a major asset for the region with the acting CEO of Mackay Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation Tonia Wilson recently quoted in Mackay's Daily Mercury welcoming Puma Energy's investment.

“It is a bit of a coup for Mackay,” Ms Wilson said.

“This is probably one of the biggest industry investments we’ve seen in Mackay in quite a while. I believe Puma Energy will also be looking to grow their logistical footprint in the region, so it has potential for continuing benefits."

The modern, highly automated terminal will stand as high as nine-stories and is expected to predominantly hold diesel, as well as enhanced diesel and three grades of unleaded petrol.

Terminal facts:

  • 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. 
You can read the full Daily Mercury article online here.