Energy Hub creates major jobs boost

19 May 2022
control centre

Project Manager Paul Lewis examines the new Refinery Control Room, due to commence operation in coming weeks.

HUNDREDS of construction jobs will be created by the pipeline of major projects under development at the Geelong Energy Hub.

Viva Energy’s vision to diversify the Geelong refinery into a key energy gateway is being driven by the biggest round of investments in the site since it was established nearly 70 years ago.

These projects will give local suppliers and their supply chains a significant boost, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

The investments we are pursuing will create around 500-550 local construction jobs as well as ongoing operational roles. Subject to approvals, over the next few years Viva Energy will;

Upgrade processing capability at the refinery to produce Ultra-Low Sulphur Gasoline, leading to lower vehicle emissions;

Build 90 million litres of strategic diesel storage to improve Australia’s fuel security;

Create a gas terminal at Refinery Pier that will provide a flexible solution to forecast gas shortages;

Construct a New Energies Service Station featuring hydrogen refuelling for heavy vehicles; and, Instal a solar farm that will generate 12-20 megawatts of renewable energy.

Viva Energy has also announced the purchase of LyondellBasell Australia, a polymer manufacturer and distributor with its plant co-located at the refinery.

Another project that has involved local expertise is construction of a state-of-the-art Refinery Control Room that is set to start operating soon.

Viva Energy already injects about $200 million a year in wages and services into the local economy through its operation of the refinery.

We are committed to supporting the Geelong community as we provide energy security for Victoria while navigating the transition to renewable and alternative energies.

Our investments will be backed by development of new skills and technology as we create high-quality, local jobs and build a sustainable future for the Geelong Energy Hub.