Puma Energy which in 2013 bought WA-based Gull Petroleum is ready to build an $80 million fuel depot on a potentially contaminated site in the industrial suburb of Kwinana Beach.
The Swiss petroleum giant has leased the seven hectare vacant site on Kwinana Beach Road from state government agency Landcorp, and wants to run a 24-hour fuel distribution depot there.
Puma Energy has a network of fuel depots and storage and distribution facilities in 34 countries across Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Puma presently operates two fuel depots in Australia – in Brisbane and Mackay.
In 2013, Puma bought Ausfuel Gull in Western Australia. The company plans to rebrand existing Gull service stations as Puma Energy fuel stops, such as has happened at Canning Highway in Como.
If approved by a state assessment panel on Wednesday morning, as recommended by the City of Kwinana, the bulk storage depot will operate as an import facility using the existing Kwinana bulk terminal.
Refined petroleum products from offshore refineries would be shipped in and stored in above-ground storage tanks ready for distribution by road and rail tankers. There would be eight 15 megaLitre tanks and two 6.5 megaLitre ones.
The imported fuel would be discharged at the Kwinana Bulk Terminal Jetty and fed to the Puma plant via a transfer pipeline within an existing LandCorp service corridor.
Puma estimates that 150 workers will build the depot and 25 staff will run it.
The Department of Environment Regulation has told Kwinana council the site is possibly contaminated with illegally dumped asbestos and needs further investigation.
Kwinana council staff advise that the risk of an explosion at the plant affecting parents or children at nearby Wells Park, adjacent to the beach from which the suburb derives its name, is within acceptable limits.
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