Altona Refinery

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Summary Information

Refining Units

  • CDU
  • VDU
  • FCC
  • catalytic reforming,
  • alkylation,
  • hydrotreating,
  • alkali treating
  • benzene saturation

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The Altona refinery processes a range of foreign and domestic crude oils. The refinery receives approximately half its crude oil from Bass Strait, delivered direct to the refinery via pipeline. The remainder of the refinery's crude oil mainly comes from South East Asia, delivered by large tankers to the Point Gellibrand dock at Williamstown.

Products Produced

  • Petrol 54%
  • Diesel 28%
  • Jet Fuel 10%
  • LPG, RGP, Propane 5%
  • Fuel Oil 2%
  • Heating oils, bitumen 1%

Ongoing Projects

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Other Information

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  • 1949 - Refinery first came on stream as part of the Standard Vacuum Oil Company, a joint venture between Standard Oil (Exxon) and Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil). Refinery produces lubricating oil and bitumen
  • 1954 - Refinery expanded to produce fuels after discovery of crude oil in New Guinea.
  • 1962 - Operation of Refinery changed from Standard Vacuum Oil Company to Petroleum Refineries Australia.
  • 1970 - Refinery expanded after discovery of Gippsland Crude oil in Bass Strait.
  • 1991 - Mobil Oil Australia bought out Esso’s Australian marketing and refining assets.
  • Refinery developed its first voluntary Environment Improvement Plan; the first of its kind in Victoria.
  • 1997 - Refinery decommissions the Thermofor Catalytic Cracker (TCC) and commissions the Fluidised Catalytic Cracker (FCC).
  • 2001 - The Refinery becomes an EPA Accredited Licencee.
  • 2002 - MHF licence awarded following development of SafetyCase.
  • 2005 - Refinery implements a Clean Fuels project which includes a new Benzene Reduction Unit (BRU) to meet new clean fuel specifications for benzene limits in petrol and a new Catalytic Hydrodesulphurisation Unit (CHD) to produce diesel that meets the new 50 ppm sulphur limit.
  • Refinery implements a NewBusiness Model to stream-line its operations and decommissions one crude train, one Reforming unit and one Pre-treating unit 2006 Refinery begins producing propane to sell to Qenos and RGP (Refinery Grade Propylene) to sell to Basell

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