The development will enable Shell to continue to grow its business in the Hunter Valley and through NSW up to the Gunnedah region – allowing improved import capability from refineries like Shell’s world scale refinery in Singapore.

The site will include ship import capability, three 18 million litre diesel tanks and truck loading facilities.

Shell’s general manager of marketing Craig James said the world scale import facility will provide Shell with increased fuel supply capability into the growing Hunter Valley and Gunnedah regions.

Mr James said the new facility would improve Shell’s ability to provide customers with a secure and dependable supply of diesel.

“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,” he said.

Mr James said the new facility would supplement Shell’s existing Newcastle Terminal to meet growing demand from customers in the resource, transport and farming sectors.

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

“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.”

Mr James said Shell was pleased to be working with Marstel, an established and well respected terminal operator.

The new facility is expected to be completed and servicing customers during 2012.

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

In addition to diesel Shell supplies aviation fuel, marine fuel, bitumen, lubricants and chemicals in NSW – as well as fuel to more than 200 Shell branded service stations across the state.

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Contact: Paul Zennaro, Shell media hotline, 0417 007 344

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