BP and Flinders Ports are investing close to $8 million in infrastructure to establish an ultra-modern fuel bunkering facility in Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbour.
Connected directly via pipelines from the nearby Largs North Terminal, the facility will support the day-to-day operations of BP’s planned Great Australian Bight program. It will enable safe, efficient and simultaneous refuelling of vessels and receipt of fuel into the terminal.
“BP is proud to lead the development and execution of a unique, custom-built fuel-bunkering system in Port Adelaide,” BP’s COO Fuels AsPac & Air BP Andy Holmes said. “This is highly valuable infrastructure for South Australia and will exist well beyond the life of BP’s exploration drilling program in the Great Australian Bight.”
Flinders Ports will work closely with local contractors, including Maritime Constructions, to fully rebuild and reinforce the existing berth structure at the facility and manage day-to-day berth operations.
“New contracts are scarce, so the upgrade of this berth is an exciting development and provides a welcome boost for local suppliers and business confidence,” Flinders Ports General Manager Stewart Lammin said. “There’s potential for several new vessel calls into Port Adelaide each week and the positive flow-on benefits for the economy are much needed.”
The fuel-bunkering facility is expected to be completed this year.