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Caltex boosts Victorian fuel supply reliability and celebrates with jumbo tank art

Caltex boosts Victorian fuel supply reliability and celebrates with jumbo tank art

01 December 2017 

Caltex today launched a new community art competition to celebrate the opening of its $75 million investment in a major piece of infrastructure that underpins economic activity in Victoria and improves local road safety.

Caltex Australia CEO Julian Segal said “The upgrade of the Newport terminal is an example of Caltex's strong commitment to our customers alongside safe and reliable operations across Australia.  We are just about to clock up 118 years serving Australians and with things heating up and summer around the corner we all want to keep moving.

“Our ongoing investment in infrastructure of $300 million in the last 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.”

At the event today Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Suburban Development, Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP said: "As one of the state's oldest and busiest terminals, it's wonderful to see the facility upgraded to meet the needs of Victorians on the roads and in the skies, with the added bonus of an exciting collaboration with our creative community." 

Caltex Executive General Manager, Fuels and Infrastructure, Louise Warner announced the exciting new community benefit project based at Newport: “Our terminal is better than ever after the upgrade however it is a bit plain, so we are 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 reliability of fuel supply across the state has been significantly enhanced with the expansion of the state’s second-busiest fuel terminal by Caltex which has been operating in this location since 1933.

The public art competition will be judged by a panel that includes Councillor Angela Altair, Mayor of Hudson’s Bay Council and Brad Spolding, Director of local art entity The Substation. The company encourages anyone to submit an entry that shows ‘life being easier’ and celebrates the area near Caltex’s Newport terminal.

Caltex Australia said upgrades to its Newport fuel terminal were finished ahead of schedule and under budget. The improvements help Australia’s only locally-listed fuel company better manage its supplies to ensure it meets growing demand for petrol, diesel and jet fuel from across the state.

The Australian company recently built two new tanks adding 40 million litres of storage capacity, new pipes, pumping equipment, increased truck loading capacity, revamped access to improve traffic flow and an upgrade to the terminal’s safety systems.

Caltex improved road safety for vehicles entering and exiting the site by building a new access point so heavy vehicles can avoid a well-known local blackspot on Douglas Parade.

Louise Warner said the Australian company had invested over $2.5 billion into its supply and retail infrastructure over the past five years.

“Caltex’s business is focused on making life easier and keeping Australia moving.

“We take pride in our role as Australia’s leading supplier to compete against multinational corporations. Caltex continues to invest in the infrastructure that Victoria needs to keep its economy vibrant and growing.”

Entries to the community art competition open today and proposed designs can be submitted until 31 August 2018. More information on the art competition can be found here.

Media contact

Julia Quinn
Caltex Corporate Affairs
M: 0409 311 176


Key facts

Newport terminal history
Caltex Newport has been supplying Victoria with fuel since 1933. It stores and distributes regular unleaded petrol, premium unleaded petrol, diesel, premium diesel and jet fuel.

What did the upgrade to Caltex’s Newport terminal involve?

The upgrade included:

  • Two new storage tanks
  • New pumps, piping and automation
  • Upgrading the site’s fire response systems and electrical infrastructure
  • Two additional pipe bridges were built across Douglas Parade and Burleigh Street
  • A site tidy up with 17 small, disused tanks and three warehouses (that are no longer used) demolished
  • Construction of a new truck loading bay which improves the average truck turnaround time to 33 minutes – an improvement of 21%
  • Improved road access via Burleigh Street allows tankers and trucks to flow through the site safely and reduce any queues on Douglas Parade - a known black spot.

What is the current tank capacity of the terminal?

The current fuel capacity at the Caltex fuel terminal at Newport has increased to 100 million litres (up from 60 million litres).

About the new tanks at Newport

The first tank is being used for Premium 95 Unleaded fuel and has a capacity of 15million litres. The second tank is used for A1 Jet Fuel and holds 25 million litres to supply aviation fuel to Melbourne Airport and other regional locations. This tank is the largest tank on site, highly visible to the road and West Gate bridge and the location that we plan to apply the artwork to.

About Caltex Australia in Victoria
Caltex employs over 500 Victorians and distributes fuel via the terminal at Newport including regular unleaded petrol, premium unleaded petrol, diesel, premium diesel to service stations, commercial customers and jet fuel to the Melbourne Airport.