Mobil Oil Australia will work with the South Australian Government toward allowing public access to the foreshore at the former Port Stanvac Refinery site within seven years. The area - including a small beach and an upgraded rock groyne – will be accessible by foot and by boat for public recreational use.
Consultation with the state government confirmed that there is no viable alternate use for the defunct Port Stanvac Wharf, which extends 670 metres into the deep waters of the Gulf of St. Vincent and Mobil will now proceed with plans to remove the 50-year old industrial facility.
“We are pleased that the foreshore, including the 215-metre rock groyne, which forms part of the wharf structure, will be retained and available for use by the local community once the wharf has been removed and our remediation is complete,” said Mobil Refinery Project Manager Samantha Leow. “Mobil has agreed to pay for upgrade works required to make the groyne safe for public access, at an estimated cost of around $5.7 million.”
The area – currently a restricted marine zone – will also be open to access by boat for fishing and diving once these works are completed and the area is safe for public use.
In line with discussions with the South Australian Government and the terms of Mobil’s lease for the foreshore area, the wharf and associated infrastructure will be removed. The wharf was built by Mobil in the 1960s to receive imported crude oil for refining into fuel products at the former Port Stanvac Refinery and to facilitate the export of refined fuel products by ship. The wharf has not been used since the refinery ceased operations in 2003.
Mobil has committed to prioritise remediation works along the foreshore in order to allow public access to the beach and the 215-metre rock groyne as soon as possible.
“We appreciate the community’s desire to access this beautiful area of the coastline and we will prioritise our works along the foreshore areas to allow public access as soon as we can,” Ms Leow said.
Mobil will work with the Environment Protection Authority on the comprehensive scope of works for the wharf project to minimise any impact on the marine environment. The wharf removal will commence once a specialist contractor has been appointed, and is expected to take approximately two years to complete.