Fuel set to re­turn by April in Dampier

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Un­leaded fuel is ex­pected to be avail­able by April.

Dampier has been with­out un­leaded fuel for nearly six months.

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