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BP helps tackle petrol sniffing: the 10 year journey of Opal

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Published on Mar 7, 2012

It has been nearly 10 years since BP received an email from Central Australian Chris Tangey...

"As I write this, I can see an 11 year old girl through the window with half a coke bottle containing petrol strapped over her nose and mouth. I don't know if she will make her 12th birthday. Is there anything you can do?"

When BP responded to help find a solution to the devastating petrol sniffing problem it was the start of a journey that resulted in BP developing Opal® fuel — a low aromatic fuel designed to help reduce the incidence of petrol sniffing in remote communities. In partnership with the Government and in consultation with Aboriginal communities, Opal® was introduced in 2005 into 37 remote communities. Its success has seen the number of sites supplied with Opal® increase to over 115. Australian Government research has shown that since its introduction Opal® fuel has assisted in reducing the incidence of petrol sniffing by up to 94% in affected communities.

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