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Cairns Wharf 7/8 – Refuelling Control System

Ampol, was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in the late 1940s. Both Caltex and Ampol opened refineries in the 1950s and 1960s, and the two companies competed in the service station arena and oil product marketing industry. Eventually Ampol acquired Total and Caltex went on to acquire Golden Fleece. Following their 1995 merger the company has become the largest refiner-marketer in Australia.

As part of their Terminal Operations in Cairns, in conjunction with Ports North, Caltex set about to install a dedicated diesel refuelling facility from their Cairns Terminal in Draper Street to Wharf 7&8 along the foreshore. This was a complex solution as all services had to cross railway lines, roads, secured areas, along the foreshore whilst maintaining clearance and access to all drains with a final span over water to then be installed along and under the 200m wharf. An added complexity was that no infrastructure could be permanently installed above finished floor line of the wharf..… and the wettest Cairns June on record!

Haz-Elec was contracted by Caltex to install the control system along the entire route from terminal control centre to wharf. The control and dispensing system had to be removable from three refuelling points along the wharf, plus once connected, the system had to be capable of being powered up and function tested before becoming available with full Operational Safety without affecting terminal operations. All support systems along the foreshore and underwharf were stainless steel with corrosion interfacing.

Haz-Elec services that were provided in conjunction with this project include: engineering, project management, electrical and mechanical installation and detailed EEHA inspections. The project was completed on time, on budget and incident free.

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