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Administered by: Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Published Date 03 Oct 2012
Printed Publication Date 03 Oct 2012

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000

Section 17D

 

NOTICE UNDER SECTION 17D OF THE FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS ACT 2000 CONCERNING A DECISION TO VARY AN APPROVAL GRANTED UNDER SECTION 13 OF THE FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS ACT 2000

 

I, Lee Eeles, Acting Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection Branch, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, delegate of the Minister, provide the following information concerning my decision made pursuant to section 17D(2) of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 (the Act) to amend the list of regulated persons for the supply of automotive diesel containing up to 20 per cent biodiesel, as specified by the approval.

 

Name of approval holder

Neumann Petroleum Pty Ltd (Neumann)

Period of operation

The period of operation for this approval is from 1 March 2009 until 30 June 2014.

Details of the approval

The Approval granted to Neumann varies the Fuel Standard (Automotive Diesel) Determination 2001 to permit the supply of diesel/biodiesel blend fuel as specified in the Approval. Neumann applied to update their list of regulated persons to the Approval.

I have decided to vary the Approval, pursuant to subsection 17D(2) of the Act, by removing the following regulated persons from the list of regulated persons:

 

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd

357 Ferntree Gully Road

Mount Waverley

VIC

3149

Australian Bunkering Pty Ltd

Level 6/50 Clarence Street

Sydney

NSW

2000

Choice Petroleum

PO Box 738

Gladstone

QLD

4680

De Brett Seafood Ltd

PO Box 1091

Mooloolaba

QLD

4557

Denison Partnership

Kialgara

Coonamble

NSW

2829

Denmac Ford Pty Ltd

2580 Ipswich Road

Darra

QLD

4076

Gekko Petroleum Pty Ltd

Level 21, Tower 2201 Sussex Street

Sydney

NSW

2000

Grand Prix Mazda

PO Box 104

Aspley

QLD

4034

Hope Harbour Marina

PO Box 189

Sanctuary Cove

QLD

4212

Ian Boettcher Motors

2 Brisbane Road

Bundamba

QLD

4304

Liberty Oil Pty Ltd

Level 4, 580 St Kilda Road

Melbourne

VIC

3004

Lindsay Bros Fuel Service Pty Ltd

Locked Bag 999

Coorparoo DC

QLD

4151

Lord Howe Island Seafreight Pty Ltd

PO Box 97

Lord Howe Island

NSW

2898

Lowes Petroleum Service

PO Box 300

Goondiwindi

QLD

4390

Mooloolah River Fisheries Pty Ltd

PO Box 745

Mooloolaba

QLD

4557

Runaway Petroleum

4 Uplands Drive

Arundle

QLD

4214

Ruttley Freightlines Pty Ltd

8 Gay Street

Coopers Plains

QLD

4108

Thrifty Car Rental

PO Box 9060

GCMC 9726

QLD

Toll SPD Distribution

45 Peterkin Street

Acacia Ridge

QLD

4110

United Petroleum Pty Ltd

PO Box 13238

Melbourne

VIC

3004

Wessel Petroleum Pty Ltd

5 Whittred Street

Bundaberg

QLD

4670

Woolworths Petrol

1 Woolworths Way

Bella Vista

NSW

2143


Background

I must have regard to the following matters set out in section 15(1) of the Act before deciding whether or not to vary the Approval:

(a)        the protection of the environment

(b)        the protection of occupational and public health and safety

(c)        the interests of consumers, and

(d)       the impact on economic and regional development.

I may also have regard to any other matters I consider relevant.

 

Findings on material questions of fact

(a) The protection of the environment

The derived cetane number (DCN) of diesel containing biodiesel is a measure of the fuel’s ignition qualities and is set by the automotive diesel standard at a minimum of 51. Reducing the DCN can affect vehicle emissions, however, as the automotive diesel standard permits a minimum cetane index of 46 for mineral diesel it is not expected that the Approval, which varies the DCN to a minimum of 46, will cause significant environmental impacts. It is unlikely that updating the list of regulated persons to the Approval will significantly alter the amount of fuel to be supplied under the Approval, therefore no significant additional impact on the environment is expected.

 (b) The protection of occupational and public health and safety

It is unlikely that occupational and public health and safety will be significantly affected by a variation in DCN for the fuel subject to the Approval, therefore updating the list of regulated persons to the Approval is not expected to pose significant safety concerns.

 

(c) The interests of consumers

Although variations in biodiesel, cetane level and density can affect engine performance, in the absence of clear evidence from stakeholder groups, it is not expected to have significant impacts on consumers.

(d) The impact on economic and regional development

The Approval is expected to allow the development of markets. Regional companies will benefit from their listing as Neumann’s regulated persons. This may help support employment in regional areas.

 

 

Summary of reasons for recommendations

1.      The volume of fuel to be supplied under the Approval is unlikely to alter significantly by the updated list of regulated persons, therefore no significant additional impact on the environment is expected.

2.      The updated list of regulated persons to the Approval is not expected to pose significant safety concerns.

3.      The updated list of regulated persons to the Approval provides additional choice to consumers for the supply of this fuel.

4.      Neumann contributes to regional economies in Australia.

Lee Eeles………….………...........................................................

Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

21 September 2012