09/11/2021 - 11:42

Atom to run Kwinana terminal

09/11/2021 - 11:42

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Australian Terminal Operations Management will take over operations of the BP Kwinana oil terminal, with 60 redundancies expected.

Atom to run Kwinana terminal
Refining operations at the Kwinana terminal.

Australian Terminal Operations Management will take over operations of the BP Australia Kwinana oil terminal, with 60 redundancies expected.

The two companies signed a terminal services agreement announced to staff today.

Atom is a joint venture of BP and UGL which operates about 20 fuel terminals across the country, including in Geraldton, Esperance and Kewdale.

It is understood the transition will take place in mid-2022, with BP staff eligible to apply for roles with Atom.

“Today’s decision forms part of BP’s transition of the Kwinana site and extends our existing relationship with ATOM, who bring significant terminal operations experience and BP business knowledge,” BP president Australia Frédéric Baudry said. 

“Maintaining the safe and secure supply of fuel and other products from the terminal remains our priority.”

The Kwinana terminal operated as a refinery for more than 60 years, but those operations closed in March after the pandemic affected oil prices and due to competitive tension from other countries.

About 600 jobs were reportedly lost.

In September, BP said it would study green hydrogen production at Kwinana, with Macquarie Capital to help undertake feasibility work.

The study was backed with $300,000 from the state government.

BP already had plans to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel at the site.

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