Kurnell Refinery Conversion Project

Kurnell Refinery Conversion Project

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) for the Kurnell conversion and demolition is based on extensive research, surveys and studies by a team of independent experts as well as consultation with government agencies and the community. You can view the EIS/SEE here by clicking on the sections below

Ampol (formally Caltex) received approval for the Kurnell Refinery conversion and demolition of the refinery infrastructure from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) as well as other government agencies and regulators.

In the later part of 2017, additional approval for the construction of a Containment Cell for the asbestos affected soils on the Kurnell site from the NSW DPE – refer to MOD2.  This approval followed a period of consultation with a number of interested parties, such as NSW DPE, NSW EPA, NSW Dept of Health, NSW Dept Primary Industry, SafeWork NSW and the Kurnell and Sutherland Shire communities.

Tank 101 was initially included in the Kurnell terminal storage infrastructure. The  business determined that Tank 101 was no longer required. Additional approval was obtained to include this tank in the demolition program from the NSW DPE – refer to MOD3.

It had been anticipated that the MOD1 Demolition project would be concluded by August 2018. It  became necessary to seek and obtain further approval from the DPE to extend the completion date to 30 November 2019 – refer to MOD5.

Further delays were experienced with the construction, fill and closure of the Asbestos Contaminated Soil Containment Cell (ACS Cell). It was again necessary to seek and obtain further DPE approval to extend the project end date to 31 March 2020 – refer to MOD6.

The Kurnell Refinery Conversion Project concludes in early 2020 – in line with the MOD 6 completion date.

To view all the project approvals and conditions of consent click on the following links.

A number of plans were developed to help manage our project work and minimise impacts to the community and the environment. These plans were approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). To view the plans, click on the following links.

Asbestos Contaminated Soil Containment Cell
Containment Cell Management Plan

Ampol (formally Caltex) is proud of its long standing relationship with the Kurnell community.

The team at Kurnell is committed to communicating with, supporting and being an active member of the local community.

We meet with community members and send out a community update on a regular basis to share information about activities on site. We also encourage community members to contact us through our 24 hour community hotline if they have any questions or concerns.

Kurnell Community Hotline: 1800 802 385

To read more about our hotline and the calls received in the past year click here.

In line with DPIE SSD 5544, Condition D2, the DPE Secretary has approved Kurnell Terminal Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) (Stage Two Final). This OEMP covers the environmental aspects associated with all Kurnell Terminal operations. The Kurnell Terminal OEMP is supported by a set of approved Environment Management System (EMS)/ Environment Management Program (EMP) Sub Plans, as per the requirements of SSD5544 D3. 

The Kurnell Terminal OEMP and its associated Management Sub-Plans has been constructed to:

  • meet the consent conditions requirements 
  • be consistent with the general OEMP document structure for Ampol Terminals operations in all Australian States
  • be aligned with the ISO 14001:2015 EMS Standard to which Kurnell Terminal is currently certified


Content considered to be security and/or commercially sensitive within the Kurnell Terminal Operational Environmental Management Plan have been blacked out for posting on the Ampol Public Webpage, in line with the obligations of SSD 5544:D9

Stage 2, Kurnell Terminal Operational Environmental Management Plan

In accordance with the Development Consent for the Kurnell Refinery Conversion, two independent environmental audits (IEA)  have been conducted so far. The purpose of these audits has been to assess the environmental  performance of the project, as well as compliance with the consent conditions and the site Environmental Protection Licence during 2014 (the first year of the conversion) and  the August 2016 – August 2017 period (three yearly intervals after the initial IEA). Based on activities undertaken and record sampled in the specified periods, the audit team have found a good level of compliance. To view the full reports and Caltex’s responses, click on the following links:

The Kurnell Port & Berthing Facility Upgrade project includes dredging and upgrades at Caltex's wharf and sub berth. 

Approval for the Kurnell Port & Berthing Facility upgrade was granted by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment. To view the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), management plans and conditions of consent click here