Viva Energy progresses plans to produce Ultra-Low Sulphur Gasoline

21 Jun 2023

Viva Energy has committed to upgrading the Geelong Refinery to produce Ultra-Low Sulphur Gasoline.

The Australian Government has legislated the introduction of better quality fuel by reducing sulphur in gasoline to enable the introduction of lower emission vehicle technology.

Viva Energy is currently seeking an EPA Development Licence to build a new sulphur removal unit and supplementary equipment and connection systems to the existing Geelong Refinery.

The project will cost about $300m, partially funded by the Federal Government as part of its Fuel Security Package, and at peak construction will employ up to 300 people.

Viva Energy’s Executive General Manager – Refining, Dale Cooper, said the Ultra-Low Sulphur Gasoline project is part of the ongoing transformation of the Geelong Refinery into a modern Energy Hub which supports energy security and plays an important role in Australia’s energy transition.

“We are looking forward to delivering an important upgrade to the Refinery that will support the introduction of better quality fuel in Australia,” Mr Cooper said.

The EPA Development Licence application is available on the Engage Victoria website.


The Geelong Refinery is operating in a fuels market where fuel standards are regulated by government. Sulphur limits in Australian fuels are currently restricted to 150 parts per million by weight (ppmw) for regular unleaded and 50 ppmw for premium unleaded, while sulphur in Diesel is limited to 10ppmw. The fuel standards for gasoline are moving to 10 ppmw maximum on all grades.


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About Viva Energy

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high-quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,330 service stations across the country.

Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery in Victoria, and operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals, polymers and lubricants businesses supported by more than 50 terminals and 55 airports and airfields across the country.