Caltex boosts Victorian fuel-supply reliability

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Caltex completed a $75 million upgrade of its Newport terminal in Melbourne last week and says the major piece of infrastructure underpins economic activity in Victoria and improves local road safety.

Caltex Australia CEO Julian Segal says the upgrade is an example of the company’s strong commitment to its customers alongside safe and reliable operations across Australia.

“Our ongoing investment in infrastructure of $300 million in the past year alone helps us reliably supply our customers across Australia, and the improvements to the terminal are a tangible example of our continued dedication to excellent operations at the Newport terminal and the safety of our surrounding community,” he said.

Caltex says the fuel-terminal upgrade was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, claiming the improvements will help the company better manage its supplies to ensure it meets growing demand for petrol, diesel and jet fuel from across Victoria.

The company has built two new tanks – adding 40 million litres of storage capacity – and installed new pipes and pumping equipment, increased truck-loading capacity, revamped access to improve traffic flow, and upgraded the terminal’s safety systems.

At the launch of the upgraded terminal on December 1, Caltex also announced a community art competition involving the site.

Caltex Executive General Manager Fuels and Infrastructure Louise Warner says the terminal is “better than ever after the upgrade”.

“However,” she said, “it’s a bit plain, so we’re searching for talent to submit a design to decorate one of our new jet tanks so it becomes a unique feature.

“Our community deserves something special. With their help we hope to find an artwork that celebrates the locality and the community in which we serve, live and work.”

The public art competition will be judged by a panel that includes Councillor Angela Altair, Mayor of Hobsons Bay Council, and Brad Spolding, Director of local art entity The Substation.