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.
Painting 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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- 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.
Viva Energy committed $150M in 2015-16 to conduct two intensive maintenance events known as “turnarounds”.
A “turnaround” is a detailed service (similar to your car’s regular service) across sections of the refinery, involving inspection, repair and upgrade of various plant vessels and machinery. Each turnaround requires 18 months of planning, with part of the refinery being shut down for around 60 days.
Turnarounds occur every four to six years and aim to improve the reliability, efficiency and operating costs of the refinery - just like a regular service on your car. The first turnaround was conducted in 2015 on the Crude Distiller and Platformer 3, with this second turnaround occuring between September and October on the Cracker unit. This event alone is valued at $100M and will involve over 1,000 people working on site.
Viva Energy is committed to minimising impact on the community as a result of these works, and has been working with the EPA with this aim. However, at times and dependent on weather, you may notice some odour, dust, noise or high flaring, particularly as pre-work starts in late August and at the beginning to the turnaround in early September and toward the end of the event in (late October / November / early December). There will also be additional traffic travelling to and from site throughout this period. For further information, please call our community line on 1800 651 818.
Safety underpins everything we do and with so many extra people on site during a turnaround, we must all be even more vigilant about safety. For every Goal Zero day achieved (that is, no harm to people or impact to the environment) Viva Energy in conjunction with its’ contractor partners will donate $2000 to our community partner Very Special Kids (VSK). VSK is a children’s charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement. The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice. Each family is supported in unique and varying ways according to their personal needs.
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.
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.
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
New 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
Notification of Works
Planned demolition of redundant equipment
Viva Energy is currently undergoing planned demolition works of our redundant bitumen handling facility in the north-west corner of the Geelong Refinery bordered by School Road and the Corio Railway Station.
Geelong Refinery is Australia’s only manufacturer of bitumen and in recent years we have invested in our bitumen facilities with a new loading gantry. In 2018 we have plans for a $15 million bitumen export facility that will enable us to almost double our bitumen production. These investments mean our old bitumen handling facilities have been unused for several years and removing them reduces on site risks and will improve the visual appearance of the area.
The demolition works will commence in November 2017 and will be complete by mid-2018. The scope of the project is to remove several disused buildings, storage tanks and road and rail loading facilities.
This is one of many projects that demonstrates Viva Energy’s commitment to building a sustainable, long-term future for the refinery.
For further information please see the works notification here or contact Justene.Cowie@vivaenergy.com.au .