National Fuel Facilities Manager Colin Taylor- ‘Making a positive environmental impact’

Fuel Storage and Handling Facilities – Making an immediate positive environmental and community impact.

With the ongoing debate about the effect of fossil fuel emissions on the environment, it is a legitimate question to ask why a company like Enviropacific, with a stated purpose of “preventing, stopping and reversing environmental damage to improve environments and create safer, healthier communities” has a Fuel Facilities business.

Well, the answer is simple.

We know that fuel is critical to the functioning of modern society and although there is pressure to move to cleaner alternatives, it is unlikely that there will be a significant shift any time soon.  We also know that the most immediate positive impact we can have on creating “safer, healthier communities” is to address the environmental, safety and operational risks associated with fuel storage and handling.

These issues are significant and immediate; they literally lie beneath the surface so are not visible, meaning the general public are not fully aware of the lurking dangers. We have single wall underground steel fuel storage tanks at or nearing the end of their lives across a large portion of Australia’s retail service station network along with ageing storage and handling facilities in the commercial and industrial sectors.  These storage systems pose an increased risk of harm to our environments and communities.

We also have serious fuel stock level issues with The Australian reporting that Australia only has 43 days’ worth of supply and the International Energy Agency mandating that countries hold a stock in reserve “equivalent to 90 days of net imports.” As a consequence, we believe that demand for bulk fuel storage and handling facilities across retail, commercial and industrial sectors will continue to increase in the coming decade/s.

Whether we like it or not, fuel will remain a fundamental fuel source and thus critical to the operation of our society for the short to medium term at least.  So, fuel storage facilities should also be considered and treated as critical infrastructure – not an item that can be run to failure.  The consequences for failure can be catastrophic for both the environment and community.

The Enviropacific Fuel Facilities team has the skills, experience and capabilities necessary to mitigate this risk.  Our specialist design and engineering knowledge along with the application of the latest technology, construction and maintenance techniques mean that we are able design, build and maintain fuel facilities that are more advanced than those currently in operation. Importantly, our facilities significantly reduce the risk of environmental damage ensuring we create safer, healthier communities.

Colin Taylor
National Fuel Facilities Manager