For more than 65 years, the bp Kwinana refinery has played an integral role in the development and success of Western Australia’s industrial economy as well as providing opportunity to the thousands of people that have worked at, or in support of, its construction and operations.
Located in Kwinana, Western Australia, the refinery was the only of its kind in the state and at the time of closure it was the largest fuel refinery in the country, employing about 700 people.
Officially opened in October 1955 by Governor General Sir William Slim and expanded and improved over its decades of operations, the refinery proudly supplied fuels and other products to Australians and global customers. On 30 October 2020, bp announced the ceasing of refining at Kwinana and the conversion of the site to a fuel import terminal.
In celebration of the contribution the refinery has made to its community and in thanks to the many people that have contributed to the refinery’s success we invite you to enjoy this collection of memories compiled by and for the Kwinana team. Kwinana refinery – proudly operating from 1955 to 2021.
On the pages below you can view a slideshow of images. Below the slideshow each image is available in a downloadable format. Once downloaded you can share via social media or email.