INDEPENDENT fuel operator Puma Energy Australia has opened its first Australian greenfield import terminal in Mackay, planning to add to fuel supply options for northern Queensland’s mining community.

The $70 million terminal, which has been under construction since March 2013, boasts six storage tanks with 56 megalitres of storage capacity and is joined to the port by a dedicated overground pipeline of 1.6 kilometres.

The facility also has a fuel loading gantry to accommodate B-double tanker trucks.

Puma’s general manager Ray Taylor said the terminal would ensure security of supply to the region and provide much-needed competition to central and north Queensland.

“As more Australian refineries close we will start to see a greater dependence on fuel imports, and yet there has been a significant lack of investment towards developing the infrastructure needed to manage this change,” he said.

With the company’s fuel supply partnership with Trafigura, Mr Taylor said the terminal would support the local mining industry and signal a change for the competitive commercial fuel market.

The Mackay Fuel Terminal will add to Puma Energy’s extensive network, which currently includes more than 62 bulk fuel terminals worldwide.