The refinery and its port facilities were opened in 1963 and initially produced fuels (diesel, petrol, and kerosene) with a lubricating oil plant added in the early 1970s. The refinery produced 8.5 million litres of finished products a day and directly employed around 400 people. Mobil Stanvac was later mothballed in 2005.
Contract Resources has a crew of around 30 personnel onsite at any one time; performing a wide range of services as part of the validation stage of the process. The validation involves checking all pipelines, exchangers, pumps, tanks, heaters, and vessels for any harmful or hazardous substances, and removing where practicable. Substances such as oil, furfural, MEK, and wax have been removed by vacuum trucks and pumps, and stored onsite for later disposal. Pipelines were drilled into and dipped to check for internal product, and where detected the lines were “pigged” by using a vacuum truck to draw foam pigs through the lines; pushing product ahead of them and into the vacuum trucks. Other activities undertaken include removing all the remaining catalyst from over 30 vessels, tank head cleaning of drums and vessels, bundle pulling and cleaning, and general grounds and garden maintenance. Contract Resources are also coordinating several third party contractors undertaking scaffolding, crane works, road sweeping, paddock slashing, weed spraying, and offsite waste disposal.
Contract Resources have had a long association with the Stanvac Refinery going back to the early 1990’s when the first “alliance” partnership with Mobil was established here. The refinery has been home to CR Adelaide for some years, and has been a great training ground that has produced many refinery experienced personnel over the years.
Demolition of the refinery is due to commence later in 2011, followed by remediation of the site.