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CICCC Update—15 June 2006 Meeting
EPA inspection of Plant B and C
At the CICCC meeting on 15 June 2006, Quentin Cooke, the EPA client manager for the plant, reported on his inspection of the plant on 14 June 2006. He stated that EPA was quite happy with the appearance of Plant B. Plant C, however, did not approach the same high visual standard set by Plant B.
Now that the sale of Terminals is complete, a further $1.8 million of works to upgrade the plant has been commenced. Terminals is also planning a new weighbridge that will accommodate the large trucks known as B-Doubles, which will provide a service to clients. George Horman, Managing Director of ANZ Terminals Pty Ltd, told the committee that the new above ground drainage system for the bunds had significantly cut the amount of waste water that had to be trucked off the site.
The Committee was pleased to hear that the long awaited sewer for Coode Island had finally started, after over five years of delay while the responsibility and contractual aspects were decided by government. City West Water is now constructing the sewer, and boring has commenced.
Improvement Action Report
The main item of the meeting was a detailed review of Terminals’ progress with their second Environmental Improvement Plan (2006 to 2008). The listed items in the Improvement Action Report were reviewed in detail, and the updated IAR will be posted to the CICCC web (http://www.ciccc.org). Items that have been completed to the satisfaction of EPA have been identified, along with areas where follow up work is required.
New business at Terminals’ Geelong Storage Facility
George Horman told the Committee about new business at the plant at Corio, next to the Shell Refinery. The new 4,000 cubic metre pressure sphere for Butadiene storage has been installed on the site, and is being fitted out.
Terminals have now entered into an agreement with Sourcing Solutions for the storage of 14,000 cubic metres of imported bitumen. The bitumen is discharged from the ship at about 160? C, is stored in large tanks at 100? C, and is heated to 180? C for loading into road tankers. Terminals have adopted a system of heating the bitumen with hot oil, to avoid the danger of using steam.
A third initiative is the proposal for 60,000 cubic metres of storage associated with Axiom Energy’s bio-diesel plant. The process is based on using palm oil, which will be delivered by ship. The bio-diesel will be supplied to the local market and export, using both road tankers and shipping.
Community representative Ian Thomas told the Committee of a Symposium being run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) on 19 & 20 July 2006. The symposium title is “Energy Sources Old and New” and a component of the symposium will be on bio-fuels.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 15 June 2006 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. Terminals will be presenting on the new security system at the plant.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 20 June 2006