(EnergyAsia, April 27 2011, Wednesday) — Shell Australia said it recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Marstel Holdings for the development of a greenfield diesel import facility at Newcastle Harbour by 2012.

The new terminal will enable Shell to continue to grow its business in the Hunter Valley and through New South Wales state up to the Gunnedah region that will improve import capability from its world-scale refinery in Singapore. The site will include ship-import capability, three tanks with the capacity to handle a total of 18 million litres of diesel, and truck loading facilities.

Shell’s general manager of marketing, Craig James, said the new import terminal will improve the company’s ability to provide customers with a secure and dependable supply of diesel, and supplement its existing Newcastle Terminal to meet growing demand from customers in the resource, transport and farming sectors.

He said: “As well as providing customers with supply security, the new facility will also improve the cost efficiency of diesel imports so we can give customers the best possible price.

“Shell has a strong focus on working with customers in the transport, agriculture and resource industries to meet their energy needs.

“This announcement follows Shell’s recent investments in fuel storage facilities at Mackay in Queensland, along with Kalgoorlie and King Bay in Western Australia – all important regions for Australia’s growing resource sector.”

Shell has operated in Australia for 110 years, and has fuel terminals in Newcastle and Paramatta, along with storage tanks at Botany Bay.