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Yarraville Terminal

Fuel terminals

ExxonMobil operates fuel distribution terminals in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and has access to fuel terminals in other locations to support our reliable supply of high-quality Mobil fuel in every state of Australia.

Birkenhead Terminal

Operating from Port Adelaide since May 1925, ExxonMobil's Birkenhead Terminal stores and distributes petrol, diesel and aviation fuel for the South Australian market.

The terminal receives refined products by ship from ExxonMobil's regional supply network. Since 1994 ExxonMobil has operated the fuel storage and truck load-out facilities at Birkenhead jointly with Viva Energy Australia, who supply their own refined products by ship into the terminal.

Fuels are distributed from Birkenhead by road and rail tanker. Every year over 1.4 billion litres of product, a significant proportion of South Australia's demand, is delivered through distributors and contractors to customers in metropolitan and regional parts of the State.

The terminal houses large refined product storage tanks with a storage capacity of approximately 77 million litres. At the terminal's truck fill stand up to five trucks can be loaded simultaneously with the various fuels stored at the terminal.

Birkenhead Terminal operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Birkenhead Terminal
Photo — Birkenhead Terminal

Silverwater Terminal

Operating since 1979, the Silverwater Terminal is located in the suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, approximately 18 kilometres west of the city centre. Located on around 4.5 hectares of land the terminal stores and distributes petrol and diesel for the Sydney metropolitan and regional New South Wales market.

The terminal is owned by Sydney Metropolitan Pipeline (SMP), a 40/60 joint venture between Mobil Oil Australia and Caltex Australia, with Mobil as the operator.

Silverwater Terminal receives its refined products by pipeline from Caltex's Kurnell Refinery in Sydney or imported from interstate or overseas via fuel terminals in Port Botany.

The terminal has large refined product storage tanks with a bulk fuel storage capacity of around 42 million litres. The terminal also supplies E10 ethanol-blend petrol and B5 biodiesel-blend diesel. Up to six trucks can be loaded simultaneously at truck fill stands with fuels stored in the terminal.

Silverwater Terminal operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Silverwater Terminal
Photo — Silverwater Terminal

Yarraville Terminal

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, in the western suburbs of Melbourne, the Yarraville Terminal has operated since 1926.

The Yarraville Terminal is ExxonMobil's fuels distribution terminal for petrol, diesel, and aviation fuel and heating oil in Victoria. Ethanol-blended petrol is also supplied from the terminal.

ExxonMobil operates the fuel storage and truck load-out facilities at the terminal in joint ownership with BP. The terminal houses large refined product storage tanks with a storage capacity of 120 million litres. These tanks are used for bulk storage of fuel products arriving from Mobil's Altona Refinery and Shell's Geelong Refinery (via pipeline) and from overseas/interstate (via ship). At the tank truck fill stand, up to eight trucks can be loaded simultaneously with various fuels stored in the terminal.

The Yarraville Terminal handles just under 3 billion litres of refined fuel products each year, that are supplied to customers throughout Victoria and in some parts of South Australia and Southern New South Wales. This equates to approximately 8 million litres per day.

In line with Victorian regulatory requirements, the Yarraville Terminal is registered as a Major Hazard Facility because it stores and handles large quantities of flammable products. The site operates under an environmental licence issued by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Yarraville Terminal operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Yarraville Terminal
Photo — Yarraville Terminal

Community hotline

Yarraville Terminal has a 24-hour community hotline which residents and community members can call to get information about the refinery at any time. The number is 9286 5112.

SMS notification for local residents

Yarraville Terminal operates a system which sends an SMS to registered local community members in the event of an issue at the terminal which may cause concern. Local residents only can register to receive messages from the terminal by downloading the form and sending it to: Mobil Yarraville Terminal, Community Relations, PO Box 400, Melbourne VIC 3001.

Yarraville jet fuel pipeline project

Mobil is constructing a new three kilometre pipeline (Pipeline Licence PL283) to connect Yarraville Terminal to the Somerton pipeline (Pipeline Licence PL118).

Yarraville Terminal is the largest distribution terminal for petrol, diesel and aviation fuel in Melbourne. The site handles approximately 3 billion litres of refined product annually to supply customers in Victoria, South Australia and Southern New South Wales. The terminal receives refined fuels from Altona Refinery, Viva Energy Refinery and imports and exports fuel via ships through adjacent Holden Dock for distribution to the market.

Connecting the Yarraville Terminal to the Somerton Pipeline will allow jet fuel to be transported directly from the terminal to Melbourne Airport via pipeline.The project will allow Mobil to more efficiently transport jet fuel to Melbourne Airport, helping to meet the growing demand for jet fuel as both domestic and international travel increases.

Mobil jet fuel supply to melbourne airport

The Yarraville jet fuel pipeline route

The new pipeline will mainly be constructed along the route where Mobil and other companies have existing licensed pipelines.

The pipeline will run above-ground on existing pipeline supports from the Yarraville Terminal at Holden Dock and cross Stony Creek on an existing pipeline bridge. From there the pipeline will be installed along the existing above-ground pipeline corridor extending to Y-cage on the east side of Douglas Parade at Burleigh Street.
From Y-cage the pipeline will cross under Douglas Parade, then continue underground along Burleigh Street turning left underground on Hall Street to finish at the Hall and High Street intersection, where it will be connected to the Somerton pipeline. 

The pipeline construction process

To construct the underground portions of pipeline, we will dig trenches so that sections of the pipeline can be lowered in. Once a section of pipeline is installed, we will safely fill-in the trench and reinstate any roadway that may have been disturbed. 

For the above ground portion of the pipeline, we will be installing some pipe support extensions along the existing pipeline corridor and installing the new pipeline along the same route. We will maintain the existing public access across the corridor during construction and ensure that the current fencing continues to control access for the safety of people and workers in the area.

Mobil has carefully planned this work to minimise any potential impacts such as noise, dust and impacts to local traffic. Work will routinely be undertaken between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and at times as required from 7am to 2pm on Saturday. We will continue to communicate with neighbouring residents and businesses throughout the works. 

To ensure safety, there will be times when Mobil carries out traffic management activities in line with a traffic management plans approved by Hobsons Bay City Council and VicRoads as applicable.

Temporary fencing will also be installed to restrict access to the work area and make the area safe during the works. For your own safety and that of our workers, we request that you remain outside the fenced area at all times.

For more information, please call Yarraville Terminal’s Community Hotline on 9286 5112.