The company announced it was working with the Australian Government to help reduce the impact of petrol sniffing in northern communities.

Shell Australia’s vice president downstream, Andrew Smith, said the company would be supporting the expansion of the government’s Petrol Sniffing Prevention Program from mid 2013.

He said Shell would be the contracted supplier of low aromatic fuels in the top end of the Northern Territory, East Kimberley in WA and Queensland’s Cape York and Gulf of Carpentaria.

Mr Smith said Shell would produce up to 28 million litres of low aromatic fuel per annum.  

“Shell Australia is proud to assist the federal government in its efforts to reduce petrol sniffing through this program”, he said.

“Shell has received insight from the northern communities on the difficulties that petrol sniffing causes, and we are hopeful the further expansion of low aromatic fuel will help stem this problem.”

Mr Smith said Shell was already working with the Department of Health and Ageing on the planning stage of the roll out to additional sites.  

Shell will market its fuel as Shell Unleaded 91 Low Aromatic.

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