Mobil Australia copes with avgas crisis

Mobil Oil Australia Ltd., an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp., has found itself embroiled in a public relations nightmare as a result of contamination of the aviation gasoline, or "avgas," product stream from its Altona refinery.Avgas containing the anticorrosive agent ethylene diamine has grounded a reported 5,000 piston-engine aircraft that used avgas produced in the Altona plant during Nov. 21-Dec. 23, 1999. The planes developed fuel-system deposits as result of the contamination.Mobil has offered $15 million (Aus.) in compensation to the affected parties, but lawyers and aircraft operators estimate the losses at closer to $50 million/month.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has i...

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