A new $40 million liquid fuels import facility came online yesterday at the Port of Newcastle.
Officially opened by the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson, the BP Australia facility will allow the company to directly import diesel and petrol into the port in an effort to secure the Hunter Valley’s growing energy needs.
Central to the new facility is a liquid fuels berth and wharf line constructed at the port’s Dyke Berth Number 1 which, according to BP, allows the discharge of fuel directly from vessels arriving from either Australian or overseas ports.
Fuel coming into the facility will be transported through a new underground pipeline running from the wharf to the BP Newcastle Terminal in Carrington, the company said.
The new infrastructure also involves 40 million litres of new fuel storage capacity, as well as a new 31 million litre diesel storage tank.