Kurnell Refinery

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Kurnell Refinery
Country Australia
Province New South Wales
City Botany Bay
Refinery details
Operator Caltex
Owner(s) Chevron Corporation
Commissioned 1956 (1956)
Capacity 124,500 bbl/d (19,790 m3/d)
Number of employees 700
Refining units crude units, visbreaking units, fluid catalytic cracker, light products plants, polymerization plants, amine plants, sulfur plants, impurities treatment plants
Number of oil tanks 56

The Kurnell Refinery is a crude oil refinery located in Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia. It has a refinery capacity of 124,500 barrels per day (19,790 m3/d). It is operated by Caltex, and owned by the Chevron Corp., one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world.[1]

On 26 July 2012, Caltex announced that the refinery would be closing.[2]

History[edit]

Construction began on the refinery in 1953.[3] The refinery was built in 1956 by Caltex on 174 hectares (430 acres) of land located in Botany Bay, close to Sydney. About 3,000 men worked at the project's various sites during the peak of construction.[1] It was further expanded in 1964 and 1973.

On 26 July 2012, Caltex announced its decision to close the refinery in the second half of 2014, and convert it into a "major import terminal" to supply imported fuel for Australian customers. Caltex said the closure would eliminate about 330 direct positions, and as many as 300 contracting jobs.[4]

Technical features[edit]

The refinery currently has a capacity of 124.5 thousand barrels per day (19.79×10^3 m3/d), a number of 56 storage tanks and a staff of around 700 employees. The site of the refinery also has a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) wharf that can handle ships up to 60,000 DWT.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oil Refinery". SSEC. 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ Caltex axes hundreds of jobs (ABC News, 26 July 2012)
  3. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/history-of-kurnell-peninsula-20120726-22thb.html
  4. ^ Chris Zappone (2012-07-26). "Caltex axes up to 630 jobs with refinery closure". The Age. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Department of planning". Government of Australia. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

Coordinates: 34°01′02″S 151°12′59″E / 34.0173°S 151.2164°E / -34.0173; 151.2164