On 30 October 2020 bp announced the closure and conversion of the refinery to a fuel import terminal, with long term considerations into clean energy opportunities. In February 2021 the refinery accepted its final shipment of crude and soon began importing products for supply to customers and communities. These images capture the final days of refinery operations and the team responsible for overseeing its safe shutdown and transition to a new phase for the site.
The Final Farewell (part one), poem written by Lynette Jackson.
The Final Farewell (part two), poem written by Lynette Jackson.
One Kwinana team – to safe oil out and beyond – bp and contractor employees come together, December 2020. Image courtesy of Lucas Pickering.
Operations staff monitor final days of operations for units during night shift, 23 February 2021.
Aerial shot of Kwinana refinery at dusk, 2020.
The last crude vessel, Kmarin Renown, arrives at Kwinana refinery, 12 February 2021.
An aerial shot of the last crude vessel, Kmarin Renown, at Kwinana refinery. Image courtesy of Lucas Pickering.
Operators prepare to shut down the residue cracking unit for the last time, 10 February 2021.
The RCU team prepares for taking feed out for the last time. Mask wearing was mandatory due to COVID-19 response, 10 February 2021. L to R: Geoff Davies, Tom Jelenich, Clint Brenchley, Martin Chalmers, Neil O’Hara and Charl Du Plessis.
Sunset at Kwinana refinery.
The refinery’s marine response equipment is taken for a spin, December 2020.
Operations manager Allyson Woodford catches up with a team member at the refinery canteen.
Ice-cream days were a popular opportunity to check in on mates and offer support.
More than 600 refinery employees and their family members enjoyed a chance to tour the site during two family days, 13 and 14 March 2021.
An external employer connection event saw more than 200 bp team members network with about 40 potential employers, March 2021.
News of the refinery closure made state and national headlines, 30 October 2020.