Testing. During small engine testing, the engines were run using 28 parts Opal to 1 part oil two-stroke mix in place of the normal 25 parts fuel to 1 part oil. There were no negative effects during testing. The line trimmer was run at 55 parts Opal to 1 part oil instead of 50 parts fuel to 1 part oil.
A SMALL number of desperate young petrol sniffers in Arnhem Land are resorting to sniffing stolen Opal fuel – once described as “unsniffable” – despite a government efforts to curtail
Opal (fuel) A 2010 senate report showed that the introduction of Opal in 106 communities across remote and regional Australia had led to a 70% drop in petrol sniffing in those communities. Typical unleaded petrol contains 25% aromatics, such as toluene, ortho-xylene and para-xylene.
The association’s technical adviser Mark Borlace says investigations conducted in the Northern Territory found vehicle problems were the result of lack of maintenance, not the Opal fuel.
Opal fuel has been available in some parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia since 2005. In towns where Opal fuel has replaced regular unleaded, research has found a reduction in petrol sniffing of up to 94 per cent.
Low aromatic Opal fuel to stop petrol sniffing. Opal fuel (manufactured by BP Australia) and Shell’s Unleaded 91 Low Aromatic fuel are unleaded, low aromatic direct substitutes for regular unleaded petrol with an octane rating of 91 iii,iv.
The Federal Health Department says a Northern Territory roadhouse refusing to sell Opal fuel is set to close. Petrol sniffing is on the rise in the east Kimberley community of Balgo.
Unleaded fuel banned in Katherine, Tennant Creek as indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion introduces Opal fuel to the region. “LAF has a proven track record and is available in more than 150 locations across remote and regional areas of Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory,” Mr Scullion said, adding that petrol sniffing had fallen by 88 per cent in areas …
Jul 22, 2012 · AT least 10 children in the remote Northern Territory community of Lake Nash have developed petrol-sniffing addictions, exposing dangerous gaps in the Gillard government’s voluntary Opal fuel
Author: Mark Schliebs
The Kakadu rollout is part of an $83.8 million Australian Government commitment to tackle petrol sniffing, which includes the expansion of Opal fuel to at least 39 new retail sites across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.
Success of Opal fuel. Petrol sniffing on the lands of the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal people (all in South Australia) “has more than halved in just 12 months”  with 60% less people sniffing petrol. Compared to 2004 figures the 2006 data shows a huge 80% drop in incidence.
Remote communities welcome Opal fuel rollout Aboriginal people from remote communities like Titjikala in Northern Territory hope a handful of petrol stations boycotting the non-sniffable Opal fuel
The committee’s report, tabled in parliament yesterday, came two months after The Australian exposed gaps in the roll-out of Opal fuel that had left communities like the Northern Territory’s
Opal Fuel. Unleaded Opal fuel is a low aromatic petrol introduced in February 2005 by BP that has similar specifications to ULP but its lower aromatic content prevents petrol sniffers from getting a “high”. Health professionals, Local, Territory and Federal governments have backed its introduction to reduce the number of petrol sniffers in Central