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A storage tank for low aromatic fuel (LAF) will be constructed in Darwin, Northern Territory, to support an expanded rollout of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing prevention program in the Top End.
The Government announced, on Tuesday 14 January 2014, it has finalised an agreement with oil and natural gas-related products company, Vopak, to establish a bulk storage facility for LAF in Darwin.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, said the contract will enable the conversion and relocation of a biodiesel tank to store 6.5 million-litres of LAF and make it available to the Commonwealth for up to 10 years.
'Petrol sniffing is still a significant problem, particularly in the Top End. The Government is committed to reducing the devastating effects of petrol sniffing in remote Indigenous communities. Past evidence shows that levels of petrol sniffing decreased in communities and regions that have replaced regular unleaded petrol with low aromatic fuel. The expanded rollout of LAF needed a bulk storage facility in northern Australia. We can now focus on ensuring a wider distribution across the Top End,' Minister Scullion said.
The announcement of the storage tank follows the recent release of preliminary findings from the Menzies School of Health Research into the prevalence of petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities across Australia.
The storage tank is expected to be operational in the second half of 2014.
Source: Senator Nigel Scullion