Fuel set to return by April in Dampier
Unleaded fuel is expected to be available at Dampier fuel station by April.
The station has been without unleaded fuel for nearly six months, because of an issue with underground tanks.
A statement from Viva Energy Australia’s media manager Jessica Marriner apologised for the delay and explained it was because the company had to investigate a number of options to fix the issue.
“We’ve never had this happen before and investigations discovered that fuel was evaporating in the dispensing pipeline due to the position of the underground storage tanks, combined with the type of bowser,” she said.
Viva Energy will distribute vouchers to Dampier households offering 8c a litre off unleaded fuel as a token of recognition for any inconvenience caused.
“We apologise to the community for the delay and look forward to reinstating unleaded fuel back to the Dampier site,” Ms Marriner said.
The vouchers will be redeemable at any Coles Express service station, in conjunction with the stan- dard Coles 4c a litre discount voucher.
Dampier resident Brad Beaumont said he was “sceptical” about whether the problem would be fixed and he believed Viva Energy felt obliged to make a statement due to public pressure.
“When April comes around we’ll find another statement about how they’ve found it’s a bigger problem than they expected and they won’t be able to fix it,” he said.
Mr Beaumont contacted local media outlets last month to get the message out that Dampier locals weren’t happy and the Dampier Community Association had been writing letters to Shell, Coles Express and Viva Energy for several weeks.
There were concerns the lack of fuel at the station was driving visitors out of town.
Boaters using Dampier ramps had to travel to Karratha to fill their vessels.
Unleaded fuel is expected to be available by April.
Dampier has been without unleaded fuel for nearly six months.