(EnergyAsia, December 20 2011, Tuesday) — BP Australia has officially started up its new bitumen and marine fuel import terminal on the Brisbane River at Pinkenba in Queensland state.

The marine fuel terminal comprises new tanks with the capacity to store 30,000 tonnes and a dedicated barge wharf supported by a new double-hulled bunker barge that will enable BP to store and deliver three different marine fuels.

BP said it has also boosted its bitumen supply capacity by more than 50% with the addition of the terminal and the expansion of an existing facility in Townsville. With the capacity to supply bitumen to seal or pave 10,000 km of Queensland’s road, the new terminal will help meet the state’s growing demand for road repair and construction as it continues to recover from the massive floods early this year.

Craig Wallace, Queensland’s Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, formally opened the terminal at a ceremony last week, marking the end of three years of construction.

Susan Dio, BP’s managing director for the Bulwer Island Refinery, said:

“Queensland is a hugely important state for BP. As well as manufacturing, we supply fuel for aviation, shipping, road transportation and the state’s mining and agricultural industries. This multi-million dollar investment adds to our capacity to support the state’s expanding economy.
“Infrastructure investment is good for business and BP is proud to be playing its part in keeping Queensland moving,” she said.