Melbourne fuel station closes after diesel tank is filled with up to 40,000 liters of unleaded petrol

A fuel station in eastern Melbourne was forced to close for nearly two days after a fuel delivery failed, causing nearly 40,000 liters of petrol to end up in the station’s diesel tank.

Accidentally filling your diesel car with gasoline can do a lot of damage to your car and wallet, but imagine doing it on a much larger scale!

As reported by the herald sunA Shell Coles Express fuel station in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood East has been forced to close after a fuel delivery truck driver accidentally filled an underground diesel tank with up to 40,000 liters of unleaded petrol.

A fuel station worker realized the mistake and turned off the station’s pumps before customers were affected by filling their diesel cars with unleaded gasoline.

Running a diesel car on gasoline can cause significant damage to the vehicle’s fuel system and engine, which can lead to total failure within minutes of starting it.

The incident led to the closure of the service station between Thursday night and Saturday morning, while fuel removal specialists worked to empty the unleaded gasoline from the underground diesel tank.

While the diesel tank is now clean and ready for refilling, the extracted gasoline and diesel fuel blend will be transported to Viva Energy’s Geelong refinery, where it will be further refined and reused.

As reported by Ride Earlier this week, Melbourne saw the second lowest average unleaded petrol price of 95RON in Australia, with motorists paying $1.85 per litre.

The average price of RON 95 unleaded petrol in Australian capitals is $1.90 per litre, while the average price of diesel at the pump is $1.95 in New South Wales and $1. $99 in Victoria.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or cursing in his ZH Fairlane.

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