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BP Refinery

BP’s Bulwer Island Refinery is located near the mouth of the Brisbane River approximately 15 kilometres east of Brisbane city at Pinkenba. Located on an area of reclaimed land adjacent the River, the facility has the capacity to produce over 100,000 barrels of oil per day. CMC was engaged to undertake repairs to various road pavements and drainage improvements within the operational refinery.


CMC’s scope of work broadly involved profiling existing road pavements and re-surfacing with DG14 asphalt to Transport and Main Roads’ specification, upgrade of existing open drains with 90 metres of precast reinforced box culverts, full depth reconstruction of existing pavements, and installation of road furniture.

The works were conducted at nine sites throughout the refinery in close proximity to sensitive infrastructure including the cracker, tank farm, sulphur recovery unit and reformer. There was no disruption to production or operations.

Highlights & Outcomes

  • Completed construction work within tight delivery timeframes.
  • Successfully executed works without disruption to refinery production.
  • Completed the design and implementation of dewatering equipment in line with stringent plant environmental requirements.
  • Conducted high risk construction activities including excavation, near the cracker, tank farm, sulphur recovery unit and reformer. These works involved close coordination with refinery operations, including daily permits, exploratory excavations and meetings.
  • Worked closely with BP’s site team to locate, test and remove redundant refinery services and protect live refinery services during dewatering and excavation activities. Non destructive digging and testing was conducted within BP site rules and regulations.
  • Introduced innovative precast installation solutions, including in line drop structures over culverts to increase available roadway width.
Bulwer Island QLD
October 2010 - January 2011

BP Refinery

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