A part of Geelong’s history and future

Executive General Manager Dale Cooper. (Pictures: Supplied)

The Geelong Refinery has a long history of being a key part of the local manufacturing industry. Since Viva Energy took over the refinery in 2014, the business has invested more than $600 million modernising and improving this critical piece of infrastructure.

Today, the refinery employs 700 people and supplies about 50 per cent of Victoria’s liquid fuel needs, playing a key role in preserving Australia’s fuel security and investing more than $200 million a year on wages and services that flow into the Geelong economy.

Executive general manager Dale Cooper notes 2020 has been a challenging year for refineries around the world and the Geelong Refinery has not been immune to the impact of the global pandemic which has shut down international and domestic air travel and significantly reduced fuel consumption. But he says Viva Energy is looking ahead with a positive plan for the future of its business in Geelong.

“This year Viva Energy announced its vision for the development of an Energy Hub on the site of the refinery, demonstrating our continued focus on transformation and the future of energy requirements for South East Australia,” Mr Cooper says.

While details of the Energy Hub are yet to be finalised and approved, the concept could include an LNG Regasification Terminal, a solar energy farm, strategic fuel storage and production of alternative energy sources.

Mr Cooper says as a company, Viva Energy is committed to building strong relationships and making a positive difference in local communities across its national footprint.

“Here in Geelong, the refinery supports Northern Futures as well as many local sporting clubs.

“Through the company’s Double My Donation and Team Fundraising programs and Good Deeds Week, Viva Energy staff are able to make contributions to community groups in Geelong and the surrounding region, which the company matches.”

The Geelong Business Excellence Awards

As a company with a long history of continuous improvement and innovation, Viva Energy has sponsored the Innovation, Research and Development category of the Geelong Business Excellence Awards for several years.

“During a year where so many businesses were devastated by the COVID pandemic, innovation has never been more important,” Mr Cooper says.

“Our refinery remains a proud supporter of local businesses and we are pleased to be able to sponsor the award that provides recognition to Geelong’s visionaries, pioneers and trailblazers.”

Details, visit www.vivaenergy.com.au