Converting Altona refinery to the Mobil Melbourne terminal

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Converting Altona refinery to the Mobil Melbourne terminal

Converting Altona refinery to the Mobil Melbourne terminal

The Mobil Melbourne terminal will leverage existing refinery facilities and infrastructure to become one of the largest and most efficient fuel import and storage facilities in Victoria.

The conversion of Altona refinery to an import terminal is a complex task and there will be lots of activity at the Altona site over the next few years.

Commissioning of initial terminal infrastructure

Works at the refinery to allow Mobil to import fuel through its deep-water port at Gellibrand wharf and store the fuel in existing tanks before transferring it to Yarraville terminal will soon be finalised.

Initially, the imported fuel will be stored in two large tanks at the Altona site. The works that we are planning to complete this year include preparing these tanks, along with the pipeline that connects the Altona site to Gellibrand wharf, for the storage and transfer of refined fuels. New pumps to connect the tanks to the Mobil pipelines that send fuel to Yarraville terminal are being installed.

Customers will continue to collect fuel from the Mobil Yarraville terminal.

Shutdown of refinery operations

Mobil is planning to begin shutting down most of Altona refinery’s refining operations on or around 31 August 2021. The team is working to minimise any impacts to the community during the shutdown activity, however neighbours may notice flaring and unusual noises from the site during this time.

Some parts of the refinery will continue to operate for some time, like the flares or the boilers, to ensure a safe and reliable operation, while common infrastructure between the existing refinery and the new terminal is effectively integrated over the coming years.

Decommissioning refinery infrastructure

Mobil is currently planning what would be required to safely decommission refinery infrastructure that will not be part of the future terminal.  As part of our planning, we will take into consideration proposed future uses of the site, including the terminal operations.

Any future decommissioning work could take a number of years to complete.

Review of options for future use of the site

Mobil is in the early stages of assessing potential options for future land use as a submission into the Hobsons Bay Industrial Land Management Strategy Study. We hope that the future site use will provide opportunities to support economic growth in the City of Hobsons Bay. Mobil’s submission to the Industrial Land Management Strategy Study will be public, so everyone will be able to review what opportunities there may be for commercial or community use of Mobil’s land.

For commercial proposals or other ideas please submit an Expression of Interest.

Environmental considerations

Mobil will continue working with the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria (EPA) to ensure our ongoing compliance with EPA requirements.

Mobil community news

Access the latest information regarding Mobil’s operations in Australia, including what’s happening at the Altona site, at the Mobil community news page.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll through the information below for answers to some commonly asked questions.

Will Mobil remain active in the local community?

Mobil will continue to foster our relationships with local community groups and schools throughout this transition.

Will there be noticeable changes to Mobil’s operations at Gellibrand? 

There should not be any noticeable changes to Mobil’s operations at Gellibrand.

How will this impact the refinery’s buffer zones and those living next to pipelines?

Mobil is in the early stages of assessing potential options for future land use as a submission to the Hobsons Bay Industrial Land Management Strategy Study. Buffer zones surrounding the site are determined by the relevant authorities including the EPA, WorkSafe Victoria and Hobsons Bay City Council. 

At this stage we do not anticipate any changes for people living next to Mobil pipelines as these will continue to support the terminal operations.

Can I develop my property in the Altona refinery buffer zone now? 

Mobil is in the early stages of assessing potential options for future land use as a submission to the Hobsons Bay Industrial Land Management Strategy Study. Buffer zones surrounding the site are determined by the relevant authorities including the EPA, WorkSafe Victoria and Hobsons Bay City Council. 

How is Mobil managing the impacts to local business who rely on the refinery?

Mobil is liaising with local businesses and customers to explain our changing operations and keep them informed of our progress as we transition to an import terminal.

The future terminal site will continue to rely on services and supplies from local businesses, though this may be in a different way. We hope that any other future site use will provide opportunities to support economic growth in the City of Hobsons Bay.

Will Mobil keep the community informed?

Mobil is committed to continuing to engage with our neighbours.

For the foreseeable future, we plan to continue holding community meetings every three months, which are open to any interested members of the local community and usually attended by other stakeholders including the EPA and Hobsons Bay City Council.

We will also continue to deliver our community newsletters to neighbours every three months, which include details about the upcoming community meetings.

As always, we will endeavour to keep our neighbours informed of any major works or activities that they may notice through letters and text messages, in addition to the regular meetings and newsletters.

How is Mobil taking care of its workforce? 

A significant proportion of the current refinery workforce will continue to work on terminal conversion projects as well as decommissioning activities for a number of years.

Mobil is working to deploy some employees to other roles within ExxonMobil Australia. 

We are supporting employees who will leave the refinery this year, and over the course of 2022 in a number of ways including offering out-placement support and careers coaching along with a Careers Fair, providing employees with the opportunity to speak with prospective employers from similar industries.

Mobil’s history in Australia

Mobil has operated in Australia for more than 125 years.

Learn more about our history and contributions to Australia during that time.

Our history

Community enquiries

If you would like more information about the Altona refinery and for all general enquiries relating to the refinery, please email us at CommunityANZ@exxonmobil.com.

For urgent matters regarding the refinery's operations, Altona Refinery has a 24-hour community hotline for local residents and community members. The free-call number is 1800 659 527.

For other enquiries please refer to the Contact Us page of this website.

Mobil is in the early stages of assessing potential options for future land use as a submission to the Hobsons Bay Industrial Land Management Strategy Study. 

For commercial proposals or other ideas please submit an Expression of Interest using the form.

SMS notification for local residents

Altona Refinery sends an SMS notification to registered local community members in the event of an issue at the refinery which may cause concern. If you are a local resident and would like to register to receive messages from Altona Refinery, you can download the form and return it to: Mobil Altona Refinery, Community Relations, Locked Bag 40, Altona North VIC 3015.

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