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Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Australia Provides Urgently Needed Fuel to Russian Antarctic Base

8 January 1997

The Australian Antarctic icebreaker the Aurora Australis has completed the delivery of 300 tonnes of fuel urgently required at the Russian Antarctic Base of Mirny.

Russian Antarctic Authorities contacted the Australian Antarctic Division to seek assistance in October 1996.

Mirny is located between the two Australian Stations of Davis and Casey. As the current voyage of Aurora Australia will visit the two Australian Stations, the supply of Mirny was incorporated into the voyage schedule prior to departure.

The Russian station was running short of fuel due to problems with their resupply vessel. The costs of the fuel and delivery have been paid by the Russian Antarctic Program.

The Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Antarctica, Senator Ian Macdonald, said he was pleased that the Australian Antarctic Division had been in a position to assist the Russian Station.

Senator Macdonald said that the success of this operation was an indication of the spirit of cooperation enjoyed under the Antarctic Treaty and congratulated the officers from the Australian Antarctic Division for their contribution.

For further information, please contact:
Mark Elliot, Office of Senator Macdonald, 06 277 3665; 0419 238 747
Liz Haywood, Australian Antarctic Division, 03 6232 3512

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