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Administered by: Environment
Published Date 02 Feb 2015

ASSISTANT SECRETARY, ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION BRANCH,

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

NOTICE UNDER SECTION 17A OF THE FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS ACT 2000 CONCERNING A DECISION UNDER SECTION 13 OF THAT ACT FOR AN APPROVAL FOR A VARIATION OF THE FUEL STANDARD (DIESEL) DETERMINATION 2001

I, Andrew McNee, Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection Branch, delegate of the Minister for the Environment, provide the following information concerning my decision to grant an approval under section 13 of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

Name of approval holder

BP Australia Pty Ltd.

Period of operation

The period of operation of the approval is until 30 June 2016.

Details of the approval

This approval varies the derived cetane number, density and biodiesel parameters of the fuel standard for diesel set out in the Fuel Standard (Automotive Diesel) Determination 2001 to allow the supply of diesel containing:

·      up to five per cent biodiesel content (B5), having a minimum derived cetane number of 46 and a maximum density of 852 kg/m3

·      more than five per cent but no greater than 20 per cent biodiesel content (B20), having a minimum derived cetane number of 46 and a maximum density of 858 kg/m3

for annual volumes up to 2.2 GL.

The approval applies to fuel supplied by the above company and the regulated persons specified in Annexure 1 of the approval instrument.

The approval is subject to conditions set out in Annexure 2 to the approval instruments and in section 17 of the Act.

Summary of reasons for the approval

I grant the approval as provided for in section 15 of the Act for the following reasons:        

a)    the protection of the environment and occupational and public health and safety:

The approval is not expected to be detrimental to the protection of the environment or occupational and public health and safety when taking into account the anticipated supply and timeframe.

b)    the interests of consumers

There is no significant evidence to suggest that the interests of consumers will be significantly impacted by the supply of this fuel. A condition of the approval requires information to consumers about higher biodiesel content and differing cetane and density parameters of the diesel supplied.

c)    the impact on economic and regional development

There may be some positive impacts for the biodiesel industry in Australia, relating to increased competition.

 

 

 

 

Andrew McNee

Assistant Secretary

9 September 2014