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Summary Information

Brief Description

  • Shell Geelong refinery occupies 120 hectares of land adjacent to Corio Bay in Geelong, Victoria.
  • It is a medium complexity refinery with catalytic cracking

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • catalytic cracking unit
  • Catalytic Reformer
  • Alkylate Unit
  • Diesel Hydrotreater
  • Benzene saturation unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • About 90% of crude and other feedstock arrives at the refinery via ship.
  • Crude oil arrives from the Far East (e.g. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia), West Africa (e.g. Algeria and Gabon), United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and Australia’s own oilfields via the Western Port-Altona-Geelong (WAG) pipeline and by ship.

Products Produced

  • Petrol (25% being high octane grades); Diesel fuel; Jet fuel; Bitumen; LPG; Specialty solvents; and, Avgas.

Ongoing Projects

  • -

Other Information

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  • 1954 - Shell Geelong refinery became the first of Australia’s post war refineries to come on stream
  • 2005 - Clean Petrol Project completed with commissioning of benzene saturation unit
  • 2013 - Shell announced it was seeking a buyer for the refinery
  • 2014 - Vitol agrees to buy the refinery and establishes Viva Energy for this purpose
  • 2023 - Vitol reduces shareholding in Viva Energy to 30%

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Shell Mogas Improvement Project
  3. Radar-based vessel gauging system at Shell refinery
  4. Shell announces Geelong Refinery for sale
  5. Shell Agrees Sale Of Downstream Businesses In Australia To Vitol
  6. Vitol completes acquisition of Shell’s Australian downstream business; launches Viva Energy Australia
  7. Contract for Viva Energy's Geelong refinery

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