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Kurnell Refinery Conversion Project

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Kurnell Site Conversion
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Kurnell Refinery Conversion Project

Conversion Project Environmental Impact Statement/Statement of Environmental Effects
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) for the Kurnell conversion and demolition is based on extensive research, surveys and studies by a team of independent experts as well as consultation with government agencies and the community. You can view the EIS/SEE here by clicking on the sections below:


Main Report Part 1
Main Report Part 2
Appendix A - Director General's Requirements
Appendix B - Environment Protection Licence
Appendix C - Hazard and Risk Assessment
Appendix D - Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Appendix E - Water Management Report
Appendix F - Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment
Appendix G - Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix H - Heritage Impact Assessment
Appendix I - Ecology Impact Assessment


Main Report
Appendix A - SEARS and Application Documentation
Appendix B - HAZDEM Report
Appendix C - Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Appendix D - Water Management Report
Appendix E - Noise and Vibration Assessment
Appendix F - Heritage Impact Assessment
Appendix G - Ecology & Appendix H Coastal Processes

Project Approval
Caltex received approval for the Kurnell Refinery conversion and demolition of the refinery infrastructure from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) as well as other government agencies and regulators.

In the later part of 2017, Caltex received additional approval for the construction of a Containment Cell for the asbestos affected soils on the Kurnell site from the NSW DPE – refer to MOD2.  This approval followed a period of consultation with a number of interested parties, such as NSW DPE, NSW EPA, NSW Dept of Health, NSW Dept Primary Industry, SafeWork NSW and the Kurnell and Sutherland Shire communities.

Tank 101 was initially included in the Kurnell terminal storage infrastructure. The Caltex business has now determined that Tank 101 no longer required and will be demolition. Approval has now been obtained to include this tank in the demolition program from the NSW DPE – refer to MOD3. 

To view the project approvals and conditions of consent click on the following links:

Conversion Project Development Consent
Conversion Planning Assessment Commission Approval
Demolition Project Consent (MOD1)
Demolition Planning Assessment Commission Approval

Demolition Project Consent (MOD2) - Asbestos Contaminated Soil (ACS) Mgmt Project
Demolition Planning Assessment Commission Approval 
Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) Main Report
Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) Appendices
Response to Submissions Report

Demolition Project Development Consent (MOD3) - Tank 101 Demolition
Demolition Planning Assessment Commission Approval
Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
Response to Submissions Report

Project Management Plans

A number of plans were developed to help manage our project work and minimise impacts to the community and the environment. These plans were approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). To view the plans, click on the following links:


MODS 1, 2 and 3 Environment Management Plan
Air Quality Management Plan
Noise and Vibration Management Plan
Water Management Plan
Soil and Water Management Plan
Contamination Management Plan
Waste and Resource Management Plan
Traffic Management Plan
Biodiversity and Weed Management Plan
Heritage Object Management Plan

Asbestos Contaminated Soil Containment Cell

Containment Cell Management Plan


Kurnell Terminal

Kurnell Terminal Stage 1 Interim Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP)

In line with DP&E SSD 5544, Condition B19, the DPE Secretary has approved the Stage 1 Interim Kurnell Terminal Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP). This OEMP covers the period from the commencement of Kurnell Terminal operations in late 2014 to July 2018. The Stage 1 Interim Kurnell Terminal OEMP is supported by a set of pre-approved Environment Management System (EMS)/ Environment Management Program (EMP) Sub Plans which are shared with the Demolition Project. A common site EMS helps provide continuity across the Demolition and Terminal operations during the transition to the end stage Terminal in mid-2018.

The Stage 1. Interim Kurnell Terminal OEMP has been constructed to:

  • meet the requirements of DP&E SSD5544 Consent conditions D2 and D3
  • be consistent with the general OEMP document structure for Caltex Terminals operations in all Australian States
  • be aligned with the ISO 14001:2015 EMS Standard to which Kurnell Terminal is certified

The Stage 2 Final Kurnell Terminal OEMP, inclusive of revised EMS/EMP Sub Plans will be submitted to the NSW DPE for approval by June 2018 (in line with the expected completion of Demolition works).

Content considered to be security and/or commercially sensitive within the Stage 1, Kurnell Terminal Interim Operational Environmental Management Plan have been blacked out for posting on the Caltex Public Webpage, in line with the obligations of SSD 5544:D9

Stage 1, Interim Kurnell Terminal Operational Environmental Management Plan


Annual Reviews, Kurnell Refinery Conversion

2014 Reporting Period
2015 Reporting Period
2016 Reporting Period

Independent Environmental Audit

In accordance with the Development Consent for the Kurnell Refinery Conversion, an independent environmental audit was conducted. The purpose of the audit was to assess the environmental performance of the project, as well as compliance with the consent conditions and the site Environmental Protection Licence during 2014, the first year of the conversion. Based on activities undertaken and records sampled for that year, the audit team found a good level of compliance. To view the full audit report and Caltex’s response, click on the following link:

Independent Environmental Audit, Kurnell Refinery Conversion