Caltex hails gains from Pelican Point fuel facility

Increased storage, new bulk liquids berth and two pipelines seen as boon for South Australia

Caltex hails gains from Pelican Point fuel facility
Pelican Point can be expanded when the need arises

Caltex has officially opened it biggest fuel storage terminal in South Australia.

The fuel firm says the opening of the 85 million litre Pelican Point facility, owned and operated by Terminals Pty Ltd, represents a 50 per cent increase in the state's storage.

The project is the result of about $100 million of combined investment from Terminals, Caltex and Flinders Ports and includes a new bulk liquids berth and two pipelines.

At a time when domestic supply in the event of some sort of disruption is a public issue, Caltex Australia General Manager for Supply Chain Andrew Brewer says it is a positive development.

"More than 900 people were employed and 32 contracts issued to finish this project, which is a clear demonstration of Caltex's commitment to improving fuel supply reliability not just for South Australia but for all our customers right across the nation," Brewer says.

"This investment adds significant new storage to the Adelaide fuel supply chain and the deeper berthing facilities we need to accommodate larger ships.

"Storage and shipping capacity constraints have contributed to a number of fuel shortages across Adelaide and South Australia over recent years, especially following weather-related disruptions to shipping movements into Port Adelaide.

"This facility is a very clear demonstration of our commitment to South Australia as it grows. We're investing alongside our customers so that industries such as mining, transport and agriculture can invest in the confidence that they have a safe and reliable supply of fuel."

Caltex, through its 25-year lease with Terminals, will supply South Australia with products including regular petrol and diesel, biodiesel and the Vortex range of premium petrol and diesel products.

The project includes a new bulk liquids berth and two pipelines to collectively deliver fuel to the terminal at a rate of 2.6 million litres an hour.

The facility is designed for further potential expansion in storage capacity, which could reach 135 million litres in stage two and more in any future stages.

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