BP Terminal Expansion
Carrington NSW

BP Australia Ltd 

Civil & Structural Engineering

The Task
BP Australia Ltd has invested in an extensive upgrade and expansion of their existing tank farm facility at Carrington NSW to bring it up to current standards in order to be competitive in the local market and meet increasing demand. The expansion was also intended to enable shipping of fuel directly to Newcastle Harbour, rather than relying on transport to Sydney then using the Sydney to Newcastle oil pipeline.

Our Role
Lindsay Dynan was engaged by BP Australia Ltd for the civil, structural and fabrication design and documentation for the expansion. Our work included the complete upgrade and modernisation of the emergency bund systems, pipework systems, firework services systems, new pile footings, ring road and all associated works. The upgrade was one of our first comprehensive BIM documented projects and enabled a completely integrated set of construction documents for modernisation of this ageing facility.  The design team was faced with many challenges, including a high water table and a sandy site. The permeability of the site required extensive research into the most cost effective fuel containment options for emergency storage within the bund area. Investigations of world wide facilities was part of the analysis and final solution.

A key design requirement was that the existing facility needed to maintain operations during the construction of new tanks and works on the facility. The design also featured the use of a different piling method, namely Cutter Soil Mixing (CSM). We had not previously utilised this method but, after a detailed assessment of piling options, it was selected as the best option for this site.

Based on the success of this project, we were then engaged to also document the expansion of the Port Headland terminal.