Kurnell Caltex oil refinery shuts after almost 59 years

After almost 59 years, the Kurnell oil refinery is no more.

All of the refinery's major processing units have been shut down for the last time and the site has been reborn as a terminal for imported fuel.

However, it will be a few weeks before the flare, a familiar part of the Sutherland Shire skyline, goes out.

A spokesman for Caltex Australia said, while fuel was no longer being produced, some minor support units had yet to be shut down.

"The flare will be the last thing to go," he said.

The company said in a statement, "Caltex Australia's Kurnell Terminal has this week commenced operation, reaching a significant milestone in the $270 million project to convert the historic refinery site to Australia's largest fuel import terminal."

Andrew Brewer, General Manager for Supply Chain Operations, said all of the refinery's major processing units had now been shut down for the final time after almost 59 years of service.

"This week Caltex marks two important events in its history: the safe, on-time and on-budget completion of Australia's newest and largest fuel import terminal, and the final shutdown of a great Australian refinery after many decades of service," he said.

The media was invited to tour the site today.

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