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Administered by: Environment and Energy
Published Date 04 Jul 2019

 

A/G ASSISTANT SECRETARY, ENERGY SECURITY BRANCH

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

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

THE FUEL STANDARD (PETROL) DETERMINATION 2001,

THE FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS (PETROL) DETERMINATION 2019
AND THE FUEL STANDARD (ETHANOL E85) DETERMINATION 2012
GRANTED UNDER SECTION 13 OF THAT ACT

 

I, Tim Wyndham, A/g Assistant Secretary, Energy Security Branch, delegate of the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, 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

International Motorsport Solutions Pty Ltd

Period of operation

The approval comes into force on the date below and remains in force until 30 June 2022.  

Details of the approval

The approval varies the fuel standard for petrol set out in the Fuel Standard (Petrol) Determination 2001 and fuel standard set out in the Fuel Qualty Standards (Petrol) Determination 2019 (the Petrol Determinations) and the Fuel Standard (Ethanol E85) Determination 2012 (the E85 Determination) so that petrol containing:

·      a maximum aromatics content of up to 70 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum diisopropyl alcohol (DIPE) content of up to 25 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) content of up to 20 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) content of up to 50 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum olefins content of up to 45 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum ethanol content of up to 30 per cent volume by volume

·      a maximum oxygen content of up to 10.2 per cent mass by mass

·      a minimum Motor Octane Number (MON) of 84.5

are taken to comply with the relevant parameters specified in the Petrol Determinations and the E85 Determination in respect of the supply of specialist racing fuel for use in legitimate motor sport activities until 30 June 2022.

The approval applies to petrol supplied by the approval holder and the regulated persons specified in Annexure 1 of this approval.

The approval is granted subject to the conditions specified in section 17 of the Act and the conditions specified in Annexure 2 of the approval.

Summary of reasons for the approval

Having consulted with the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee as required by section 24A of the Act, I grant the approval as provided for in section 15 of the Act for the following reasons:

a)        The protection of the environment

As the fuel subject to this recommendation is supplied and used in small quantities for motor sport activities. In this context, higher levels of aromatics are not expected to impact significantly on ambient air quality.

The consequences of even a small amount of MTBE or ETBE contaminating freshwater sources can be significant. It is a standard condition of section 13 approvals for fuel containing MTBE, ETBE, or DIPE above the limit specified in the petrol standard that the fuel not be permitted in activities occurring on freshwater lakes and waterways. 

The fuel is expensive compared with normal fuels available to the public and the price provides a strong disincentive for any waste, misuse, or spillage.

It is therefore not expected that permitting the supply of the fuel covered by this approval for motor sport activities will have an adverse effect on the environment.  

b)      The protection of occupational and public health and safety

The fuel is not likely to have a significant impact on the health and safety of users as the volume of fuel used is low and confined to racing events. The fuel will be used by a small number of competitors and no contact with the general public is expected.

Specialist racing fuels are supplied in sealed containers of up to 200 litres capacity and are used in small quantities, predominantly in off-road activities, and in widely dispersed locations. Safe handling information will be provided with the fuel. The volume of fuel to be supplied under an approval is limited. Under these conditions, occupational and public health and safety risks resulting from short-term/intermittent use of these fuels will be minimised. 

c)        The interests of consumers

Specialist racing fuels meet the needs of a niche market for specific categories of motor racing. The consumers using these fuels seek the performance and operability characteristics provided by these fuels. Without them, motor sport competitors may not be able to operate their vehicles effectively.

d)      The impact on economic and regional development

Many racing venues are located outside major population areas. Motor and water sports events provide an ongoing financial benefit to these regional communities. A decision to disallow the continued and controlled supply of specialist racing fuels would have an adverse effect on national and regional motor sport competitions and the economic benefits that flow from them.

 

 

 

Tim Wyndham

A/g Assistant Secretary, Energy Security Branch

24 June 2019