Our Operations

The Viva Energy Geelong Refinery has been part of the local landscape since 1954, and we’re proud to be a key driver of the Victorian economy. We supply more than half of Victoria’s fuel needs, have a workforce of around 700 people and spend more than $200 million each year locally in wages and services.

It’s one of the largest refineries remaining in Australia, occupying 120 hectares of land adjacent to Corio Bay in Geelong, Victoria. With more than $300 million invested in our operations since 2015, we’re making a strong commitment to keeping local manufacturing alive in Geelong.

Our Products

The Viva Energy Geelong Refinery can process up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. About 90 per cent of crude oil and other products arrive at the refinery via ship.

Crude oil arrives into Geelong from places such as Asia (Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia), West Africa (Algeria and Gabon), United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. It also arrives via the Western Port-Altona-Geelong (WAG) pipeline to the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery from Australia’s Bass Strait. Oilfields condensate is also trucked in from a number of Victorian and South Australian gas fields.

Products made at the refinery include petrol (25 per cent being higher octane grades, including 98 octane Shell V-Power), diesel, jet fuel, bitumen, automotive and commercial LPG, propylene feedstock for the co-located LyondellBasell polypropylene plant, specialty solvents, Low Aromatic Fuel (to support the Federal Government’s petrol sniffing prevention program), and Avgas.

All the petrol we make is low benzene, and all our diesel is ultra-low sulphur. This aligns with the Federal Government’s Clean Fuels Legislation and Australian Fuel Quality Standards Act.

Low-volatility petrol is made in accordance with Victorian State Government requirements.

Low-benzene petrol produced by the refinery has resulted in reduced benzene emissions from vehicles. At the same time, benzene emissions from the refinery – while already well within public health and environmental guidelines – have dropped significantly.

Watch the short film (below) for an overview of how we transform crude oil into products that help people reach their destinations.

 

Our production process

The refinery’s primary distillation unit produces light and middle distillates and residue. The light distillates are processed to upgrade quality and remove sulphur. The distillates are then split into gas (used as refinery furnace fuel), Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), petrol and kerosene.

The petrol stream is processed further to improve the octane rating, which is a measure of the resistance of petrol to auto-ignition (engine knocking) in spark-ignition internal-combustion engines. The higher the octane rating, the greater the power from an engine that is appropriately designed and tuned.

Middle distillates are light gas oil (diesel) and heavy gas oil. Residue is used primarily as the feedstock to the catalytic cracking unit, and is also used to make fuel oil. The cat-cracking plant converts residue into refinery fuel gas, LPG, petrol, diesel products and fuel oil.

The LyondellBasell company operates a polypropylene plant on the refinery site that takes propylene feed from the cat-cracker to make polypropylene plastic.

The flare is one of the more noticeable parts of the refinery, and is actually a safety valve. For more information about the flare and the role it plays, read the Flare fact sheet (PDF 42.1KB).

Distribution

About 65 per cent of the Geelong Refinery’s production is transported by pipeline to our terminal in Newport (Melbourne) for distribution by truck throughout Victoria, while some is distributed by road directly from the refinery to customers in Geelong and Western Victoria.

Get in touch

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