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Situation

As a consequence of Shell selling their lubricants business to Viva Energy, the lubricant blending plant at Pinkenba was to close and a new import terminal to be constructed urgently to handle the full range of lubricants to be imported by flexibag.  TfA were responsible for developing the import facility concept, detailed design and project management.

Challenge

A tight timetable with financial penalties for late completion.

Highlights

  • The completed terminal has been widely acclaimed as the country’s largest such facility with world-leading loading technology.
  • The Terminal was completed 3 months ahead of schedule and under budget.
  • The facility has the fastest truck loading rates in the Australian market which was achieved without the need for tank or pipeline heating.
  • In a world-first, the horizontal tanks are gravity loaded, rather than pumped in from the bottom of the tank, which increases operational efficiencies

Result

The $18M terminal has a storage capacity of 3.2 million litres and can manage up to 30 lubricant grades. The terminal stores the bulk lubricants in horizontal tanks and each loading gantry is automated – featuring dedicated pumps, piping and loading arms to protect product quality. The terminal stores the bulk lubricants in horizontal tanks and each loading gantry is automated – featuring dedicated pumps, piping and loading arms to protect product quality.