Mobil Oil Australia is currently seeking regulatory approval to install a new pipeline that will connect Yarraville Terminal to the Somerton Pipeline in Hall Street, Newport, located in Melbourne, Victoria. The new pipeline will allow Mobil to pump jet fuel from Yarraville Terminal through to Melbourne Airport via the existing Somerton Pipeline.
Providing a direct connection from Yarraville Terminal to the Somerton Pipeline will reduce Melbourne Airport’s reliance on road deliveries of imported jet fuel, providing a more secure supply to meet the airport’s demands now and into the future.
Mobil has a number of milestones to reach before construction of this pipeline can commence, including obtaining regulatory approval. Subject to achieving these milestones, construction could commence in early 2015 and is expected to take up to 12 months to complete.
Mobil intends to construct the new pipeline adjacent to existing fuel pipelines which run through land owned by the Port of Melbourne Corporation along the Yarra River and then under Douglas Parade and along Burleigh Street and Hall Street. These areas are already established corridors for pipeline operation, and this will minimise the need to acquire or disturb new land or inconvenience the surrounding community.
Throughout the project, Mobil will continue to communicate with landowners and occupiers affected by their works and ensure that the work is completed safely and efficiently and with minimal impact on local stakeholders and the environment.
A Pipeline Consultation Plan for the project has been approved by the Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation and is available to download. More information on the project can be found in the Mobil Yarraville Jet Pipeline Project fact sheet.