Crude Oil on rail in NT and SA

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A wonderful photo has arrived on the RP network which highlights AN OIL trains in the NT.

https://www.railpage.com.au/photos/79177

The photos is described as


A steady flow of crude oil from the Mereenie wells was railed to Adelaide from Alice Spings for a number of years. A daily trip movement transferred the tanks between Alice Springs and the oil terminal 22km south.
The empty tanks are seen on 17 August 1989 heading through Heavitree Gap behind local Australian ALCo DL531 shunt unit 863.

What happened to this traffic and is there scope for more oil on rail in NT/SA?

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me

What happened to this traffic and is there scope for more oil on rail in NT/SA?
bevans
PRA (Petroleum Refineries Australia)(Mobil) closed their Port Stanvac Refinery south of Adelaide, hence no need for crude there.

Are there any refineries left in OZ?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.
  tazzer96 Deputy Commissioner


What happened to this traffic and is there scope for more oil on rail in NT/SA?PRA (Petroleum Refineries Australia)(Mobil) closed their Port Stanvac Refinery south of Adelaide, hence no need for crude there.

Are there any refineries left in OZ?
Pressman
Caltex still has their lytton refinery. BP refinery might still be active
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

What happened to this traffic and is there scope for more oil on rail in NT/SA?PRA (Petroleum Refineries Australia)(Mobil) closed their Port Stanvac Refinery south of Adelaide, hence no need for crude there.

Are there any refineries left in OZ?Caltex still has their lytton refinery. BP refinery might still be active
tazzer96

Shell Corio.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980

What happened to this traffic and is there scope for more oil on rail in NT/SA?PRA (Petroleum Refineries Australia)(Mobil) closed their Port Stanvac Refinery south of Adelaide, hence no need for crude there.

Are there any refineries left in OZ?Caltex still has their lytton refinery. BP refinery might still be active
Shell Corio.
bevans
Shell sold that refinery yonks ago, it's operated by another outfit these days. (A Google search should get their name.)

The Altona refinery in Melbourne is still going, but I don't know if Mobil still own it.

The BP? refinery at Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula closed decades ago.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Google says, in relation to the Corio refinery, "The Viva Energy Geelong Refinery is one four refineries remaining in Australia".
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Shell sold that refinery yonks ago, it's operated by another outfit these days. (A Google search should get their name.)
Bogong
http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/good-news-for-workers-as-shell-jobs-saved-in-refinery-sale/story-fnjuhxh0-1226834188619

Shell Corio was bought by Vitol, a private company from Rotterdam. They are a corporate partner of Shell in Viva Energy.

https://www.vivaenergy.com.au/about-us

BG
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.
bingley hall

What is at this location?  Export terminal?

I can see storage tanks and a lot of them but any idea of the volumes?
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.

What is at this location?  Export terminal?

I can see storage tanks and a lot of them but any idea of the volumes?
bevans

The tank farm has what appears to be an export terminal outcrop to the water but is devoid of rail link.  The water component is called Point Lowly.

Distance between the tank farm and the nearest rail link to the west is not all that far about 20 kms.  Making it a cheap option for a rail link which would be on Standard gauge.  Why bother when operators like GWA do not chase business which makes sense to.

How much oil is on export from the NT to this location?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.

What is at this location?  Export terminal?

I can see storage tanks and a lot of them but any idea of the volumes?

The tank farm has what appears to be an export terminal outcrop to the water but is devoid of rail link.  The water component is called Point Lowly.

Distance between the tank farm and the nearest rail link to the west is not all that far about 20 kms.  Making it a cheap option for a rail link which would be on Standard gauge.  Why bother when operators like GWA do not chase business which makes sense to.

How much oil is on export from the NT to this location?
JimYarin
Most of the oil (and gas) comes from the Cooper Basin (which is nowhere near a rail line) to Port Bonython via pipeline.

The volume coming out of the Mereenie field (which is 300km from the rail head) is not large.

There were tentative plans to link Port Bonython to the SG network for iron ore exports, but GWA conspired for the bottom to fall out of the global iron ore price so that is unlikely to happen now.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.

What is at this location?  Export terminal?

I can see storage tanks and a lot of them but any idea of the volumes?

The tank farm has what appears to be an export terminal outcrop to the water but is devoid of rail link.  The water component is called Point Lowly.

Distance between the tank farm and the nearest rail link to the west is not all that far about 20 kms.  Making it a cheap option for a rail link which would be on Standard gauge.  Why bother when operators like GWA do not chase business which makes sense to.

How much oil is on export from the NT to this location?
JimYarin
The Port Bonython facility is located approx. 18kms North East of Whyalla and is operated by Santos. (Ownership = Santos 66.6% - Delhi 22.2% - Origin 13.2%)
The facility accepts liquid hydrocarbons in a mixed stream of products sent from Moomba via a 659 kilometre 355 millimetre diameter pipeline. The processing facility receives a mixture of condensate, crude oil, propane and butane which is processed in distillation towers and molecular sieves to produce various products.
These products, such as naphtha, crude oil, propane and butane, are stored in large tanks before being shipped to customers.
Port Bonython incorporates a 2.4 kilometre jetty for loading of tankers as well as road tanker loading facilities. Approximately 30 ships per year are loaded, with a maximum size tanker of 110,000 tonnes capacity. The majority of LPG produced (approx 70%) is exported via the ship loading facility.

https://www.santos.com/what-we-do/activities/south-australia/port-bonython/port-bonython-processing-facility/

Edit - Santos also has a 50% interest in the Mereenie oil fields in the Amadeus Basin in the southern Northern Territory
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hey @Pressman does the oil come in by road tanker or pipeline?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Hey @Pressman does the oil come in by road tanker or pipeline?
bevans
From Moomba ........ Pipeline
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

A Google search suggests there is still crude and condensate being taken by road to Port Bonython.

What is at this location?  Export terminal?

I can see storage tanks and a lot of them but any idea of the volumes?

The tank farm has what appears to be an export terminal outcrop to the water but is devoid of rail link.  The water component is called Point Lowly.

Distance between the tank farm and the nearest rail link to the west is not all that far about 20 kms.  Making it a cheap option for a rail link which would be on Standard gauge.  Why bother when operators like GWA do not chase business which makes sense to.

How much oil is on export from the NT to this location?
The Port Bonython facility is located approx. 18kms North East of Whyalla and is operated by Santos. (Ownership = Santos 66.6% - Delhi 22.2% - Origin 13.2%)
The facility accepts liquid hydrocarbons in a mixed stream of products sent from Moomba via a 659 kilometre 355 millimetre diameter pipeline. The processing facility receives a mixture of condensate, crude oil, propane and butane which is processed in distillation towers and molecular sieves to produce various products.
These products, such as naphtha, crude oil, propane and butane, are stored in large tanks before being shipped to customers.
Port Bonython incorporates a 2.4 kilometre jetty for loading of tankers as well as road tanker loading facilities. Approximately 30 ships per year are loaded, with a maximum size tanker of 110,000 tonnes capacity. The majority of LPG produced (approx 70%) is exported via the ship loading facility.

https://www.santos.com/what-we-do/activities/south-australia/port-bonython/port-bonython-processing-facility/

Edit - Santos also has a 50% interest in the Mereenie oil fields in the Amadeus Basin in the southern Northern Territory
Pressman
I took retrenchment from Delhi in July 1987, following the sale of the company by owner CSR to ESSO. So the above re Delhi's 22.2% ownership is seriously out of date. I believe that Beach Energy Limited now control the former Delhi holding
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Hey @Pressman does the oil come in by road tanker or pipeline?
bevans
Clearly stated in the previous post.

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