Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd (Viva Energy), the exclusive supplier of high quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia, on Tuesday (1 October) was formally handed operational control of the fuel facility at HMAS Cairns by the Commonwealth.
Under the new $46 million contract, Viva Energy will manage and maintain the fuel terminal on behalf of the Australian Defence Force (Defence), in addition to supplying bulk Marine Diesel Fuel to military vessels in the Cairns region.
The formal handover ceremony was attended by senior Defence personnel, as well as Viva Energy Chairman, The Hon Robert M Hill AC, and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Wyatt.
Speaking at the ceremony, Wyatt welcomed Defence’s continued confidence in Viva Energy and acknowledged the strategic partnership between both organisations that has a joint focus on safe and reliable supply security.
“Through the commercialisation of the fuel facility at HMAS Cairns, Viva Energy continues to build our strategic relationship with Defence,” said Wyatt.
“We look forward to bringing our expertise in safe and efficient supply chain operations to one of Defence’s important fuel assets, demonstrating the benefits of an industry managed approach. We look forward to managing the facility in close partnership with Defence.”
Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Ian Murray welcomed the partnership and the benefits that this collaboration will bring to both Defence and the local industry.
“This is a significant milestone for the Defence Fuel Transformation Program, a $1.1 Billion investment by the Department of Defence to deliver a safer, simpler and assured Defence fuel network,” said Rear Admiral Murray.
“One key aim of this Program is to generate greater industry collaboration across our fuel network. By working in partnership with industry experts, we are adopting industry best practice as well as providing opportunities for Australian Industry.”
In addition to the supply of fuel to Defence in Cairns, Viva Energy is also a major supplier of bulk fuels to Defence nationally.
Viva Energy was selected to maintain and manage the fuel facility at HMAS Cairns as part of a competitive tender process. The contract is for an initial term of six years, with two three-year extension options.
Photo credit: Viva Energy
Published: 4 October, 2019
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