Incident at Caltex Lytton refinery
December 12, 2008
Caltex advises there has been an incident at its Lytton refinery
this afternoon which resulted in the shutdown of the
All personnel are safe, there have been no injuries and
non-essential personnel have been moved out of the immediate
vicinity of the plant.
Emergency services attended the incident but were not
The incident was caused by a loss of steam to the refinery, which
required Caltex to shut it down. This unplanned shutdown created
black smoke that was visible from surrounding areas.
The impact of the incident on the refinery and on fuel supply will
be assessed as soon as possible.
Prior to the incident, supply of diesel from the Caltex Lytton
terminal was at 50 per cent of the normal level due to problems
with the diesel hydrotreating unit. Arrangements were already in
place to provide additional diesel supplies to customers and ensure
emergency service and other priority government vehicles were being
supplied. The impact of this incident of petrol and diesel supplies
will be assessed.
Manager Government Affairs & Media
0411 406 379