Kurnell Refinery

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Kurnell Refinery
Kurnell Refinery.jpg
Kurnell Refinery is located in New South Wales
Kurnell Refinery
Location of Kurnell Refinery
ProvinceNew South Wales
Coordinates34°01′02″S 151°12′59″E / 34.0173°S 151.2164°E / -34.0173; 151.2164Coordinates: 34°01′02″S 151°12′59″E / 34.0173°S 151.2164°E / -34.0173; 151.2164
Refinery details
Owner(s)Chevron Corporation
Capacity124,500 bbl/d (19,790 m3/d)
No. of employees700
Refining unitscrude units, visbreaking units, fluid catalytic cracker, light products plants, polymerization plants, amine plants, sulfur plants, impurities treatment plants
No. of oil tanks56

The Kurnell Refinery was a crude oil refinery located in Kurnell on Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia. It had a refinery capacity of 124,500 barrels per day (19,790 m3/d). It was operated by Caltex, and owned by the Chevron Corporation.[1]


Construction began on the refinery in 1953.[2] 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. Caltex said the closure would eliminate about 330 direct positions, and as many as 300 contracting jobs.[3][4] The refinery ceased operation in October 2014 and was converted into an import terminal to supply imported fuel for Australian customers.[5]

Technical features[edit]

Storage tanks at Kurnell Refinery

The refinery had 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.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Oil Refinery". SSEC. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  2. ^ History of Kurnell Peninsula Sydney Morning Herald 26 July 2012
  3. ^ Caltex axes hundreds of jobs (ABC News, 26 July 2012)
  4. ^ Chris Zappone (26 July 2012). "Caltex axes up to 630 jobs with refinery closure". The Age. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  5. ^ Kurnell Site Conversion Caltex Retrieved 22/12/2014
  6. ^ "Department of planning" (PDF). Government of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010.