Projects

We are proud of our commitment to continue refining at Geelong and our aim is to build a sustainable long-term future for the refinery.

We are currently undertaking a number of projects - many of which will increase the productivity and performance of the refinery.

Expand the sections below to read more about each project.

Geelong Refinery TurnaroundMaintenance Project

Commencing mid-April 2018, the refinery will be undergoing maintenance works known as a 'turnaround' on one of our crude distillation units, including a project to upgrade the unit's furnace.

A turnaround is a detailed service (similar to your car's regular service) involving inspection, repair and upgrade of refinery units. Occurring every four to six years, unit turnarounds aim to improve reliability, efficiency and operation costs. This is one of many projects that demonstrate Viva Energy's commitment to building a sustainable, long-term future for the refinery.

More information about the works can be found here.


Geelong Refinery StackPainting the stack

Letters on top of the 120m tower painted.

The Geelong Refinery “Shell” stack has graced the town’s skyline for over 35 years. Following our purchase of the business, we repainted it in August 2015.

For Viva Energy the work signifies a public step forward as new owners and operators of the refinery – a facility that has been an important part of Geelong community since 1954.

Shell contributed a great deal to Geelong. Viva Energy is committed to being a part of its future.

Watch below how the team painted the 120m stack.
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Stack Facts:

  • The stack was constructed in 1979.
  • It is 120m (or 45 storeys) high.
  • It has a 2m thick foundation.
  • Constructing the tower required 1200M3 of concrete – equivalent to 200 concrete trucks.
  • Its base is 6m thick, tapering to 2m at the top.
  • Re-painting requires about 100L of paint.

Geelong Refinery PipelinesPipeline upgrade

We are investing $23M to construct a fuel-pumping station on the pipeline between the Geelong Refinery and Newport Terminal.

The pumping station will increase the amount of fuel that can be transferred from the refinery via pipeline to Melbourne by more than 25%.

The new pumping station provides additional capacity on the pipeline equivalent to 100 trucks per day moving fuel from Geelong to Melbourne on the Princess Highway.

The pumping station is located on land leased from Melbourne Water on the outskirts of Werribee, halfway between the Geelong Refinery and Melbourne. Specifically, the project includes installation of the pumping station, a new pump at Geelong Refinery as well as pipeline and storage tank safety improvements.

Construction is well underway and due to be completed in 2016.


Geelong Refinery Crude tankCrude tank

Late in 2015, the Viva Energy Board approved the construction of a new 100ML super crude tank.

Viva Energy is building the new crude oil tank in an existing industrial zone on Station Street. Situated next to five existing tanks, the tank will be set back 250 metres from the road and be buffered by trees.

This new crude tank will significantly increase the production capabilities of the refinery by enabling us to source a wider variety of crude oils, increase our flexibility to blend crudes, and enable ships to fully unload when they are discharging at the refinery. This is an important project to help build a sustainable, long-term future for the refinery.

Safety will underpin the development and operations of the tank. Managing the safe importation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products has been a core part of our business for over 60 years and is a priority for Viva Energy. The addition of a new crude oil tank will be incorporated into our existing major hazard facility (MHF) licence from Worksafe Victoria.

As part of the project, Viva Energy undertook a range of studies required to gain approvals from both the City of Greater Geelong and the EPA. Work commenced on the crude tank in February 2016.

The construction of the crude tank is expected to be completed in 2017.

Tank facts

The new crude tank will:

  • Be approximately 21 metres high
  • Have a diameter of 84 metres
  • Have capacity to hold 100 million litres of crude oil – the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools

NewGasolineTankNew Gasoline Tank

Viva Energy is committed to investing in local manufacturing.

Viva Energy is committed to investing in local manufacturing. As part of this commitment, Viva Energy is planning to construct a new tank valued at more than $20M. The tank (45m diameter x 20m height), will store 25 ML of gasoline – this is the equivalent of 10 Olympic swimming pools. The tank will be located within the refinery boundary, 165 metres from School Road behind the recycling facility and vegetation, next to operating tanks.

This new tank will increase Viva Energy’s ability to store and export refined gasoline efficiently. It is one of many projects that will help build a sustainable, long-term future for the refinery.

Safety will underpin the development and operations of the tank. Managing the safe storage of gasoline and petroleum products has been a core part of our business for over 60 years and is a priority for Viva Energy. The addition of a new tank will be incorporated into our existing major hazard facility (MHF) licence from Worksafe Victoria.

Subject to approval from both the City of Greater Geelong and the EPA, construction will begin late 2017/early 2018. Construction will take just over a year.

For further information contact Vanessa.Kearney@vivaenergy.com.au