Work on HUGE defence project begins in Northern Territory – amid rising tensions with China

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Work on HUGE US defense project begins in Northern Territory – amid mounting tensions with China

  • Construction begins on a massive US fuel storage depot in the NT
  • The $270 Million Facility Could Hold $300 Million Gallons
  • It will be the largest purpose-built fuel storage facility in the Northern Territory
  • Tensions between China and Australia began to deteriorate as Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus

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Construction begins on a massive US fuel storage depot in the Northern Territory to support military operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The $270 million project that can hold 300 million liters will be the largest purpose-built fuel storage facility in Northern Australia.

It will be built in the East Arm, approximately 5 miles from the city in Darwin Harbour, and will store military-grade jet fuel in 11 tanks.

“The territory will become a leading hub for defense and national security because of our strategic location and capabilities,” Prime Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday.

The US government awarded the fuel storage tender to global logistics company Crowley in September.

Crowley’s Australian subsidiary will manage development and ongoing operations at the facility.

Construction on the site is taking place amid growing military ties between Australia and the US and rising tensions with Ch

Construction at the site is taking place amid growing military ties between Australia and the US and mounting tensions in the Asia-Pacific region

Initial work on the site will include clearing the land and developing vehicle access prior to construction, which is due to start at the end of the month.

The project will create approximately 400 jobs during construction and support 20 additional workers once the facility is operational by the end of 2023.

“These collective efforts will enable Crowley to provide key fuel storage and management services to the US military and bolster our growing presence in Australia,” said Sean Thomas, vice president of Crowley Solutions.

Construction on the site is taking place amid growing military ties between Australia and the US and mounting tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Defense also recently built two eight million liter fuel storage tanks at RAAF base Darwin.

About 2,000 Marines have been stationed to the NT during the mid-year dry season for most of the past decade.

The United States Air Force also conducts training operations in northern Australia.

Two supersonic heavy B-1 Lancer bombers flew into the region in November from a military base in the Indian Ocean to conduct training missions with the Royal Australian Air Force.

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