Adelaide Refinery demolition underway

5 September 2012

  • Demolition of Adelaide Refinery to be completed by end of 2013
  • Priority is to complete the work safely with minimal impact on the community and the environment

Mobil has commenced demolition of its Adelaide Refinery at Port Stanvac.  Demolition contractor EDS Australasia Pty Ltd will work to remove the refinery process plant and all associated above-ground infrastructure and facilities, including piping, storage tanks, the chimney stack and office buildings, from the site by the end of 2013.

Pipework on the ‘topside’ of the wharf structure that extends from the refinery into the Gulf St Vincent will also be removed.

“We have consulted extensively with the State Government and the City of Onkaparinga to investigate if the wharf may be retained for alternative uses by the community,” said Mobil Demolition Project Manager, Greg Wheeler.  “If this is not possible, we will make plans to demolish the wharf structure as well.  Access to the wharf remains restricted throughout this time.”  

Mobil is working closely with the State Government, the City of Onkaparinga and the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to ensure the work is done safely and with minimal impact on the surrounding community and the environment.

“We have engaged an EPA-accredited Site Environmental Auditor to oversee regular environmental assessments of the refinery site.  We have also entered into a Voluntary Site Contamination Assessment Proposal with the EPA under which we have committed to carry out certain environmental assessment and remediation works,” Mr Wheeler said.

“Once demolition of all aboveground infrastructure is complete at the end of 2013 work will continue to remove underground piping and structures such as concrete footings and complete environmental remediation to make the site suitable for future industrial use.”

Keep updated with the progress of the demolition project at: . Alternatively, call the refinery infoline: (08) 8326 7154. 

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Mobil Refining Australia Pty Ltd (“Mobil”) is a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd