Construction of three bulk fuel storage tanks has begun in Seaview, Lower Hutt, in what is the first stage of an estimated $40 million project that will provide essential fuel supply storage for the lower North Island.
BP has awarded Downer the contract to build the three tanks (one diesel and two petrol), which will each hold eight million litres of fuel. These are the first in BP’s planned seven-tank development at its Lower Hutt site that will more than treble BP’s existing storage capacity in the region.
Downer built BP’s three bulk fuel storage tanks at the Port of Lyttelton in 2004.
Construction is expected to take 16 months, with the new tanks due for completion before Christmas 2011.
BP NZ managing director Mike McGuinness says this is an exciting step towards improving fuel supply for the region.
“We have a good working relationship with Downer, and their safety record on our last project mirrors BP’s commitments to health and safety in the workplace. We are delighted to be working with them again.”
Approximately 45 people will be employed in the construction of the Lower Hutt site, with the first stage costing more than $20 million.
Ground improvement works at the Port Rd site have already been completed, with Fulton Hogan installing 600 stone columns to strengthen the area.
When fully completed, the terminal will hold more than 50 million litres of fuel, storing a combination of petrol, diesel, biodiesel, jet fuel and possibly ethanol.
Downer project manager Duncan Horne says the project is a good fit for the company. “We worked with BP building bulk storage tanks for their Lyttelton terminal.
“During that 18 month project, our staff worked more than 70,000 hours of construction without any lost injury time.
“We are pleased to be able to bring our skills and expertise to this project that we know will benefit the entire region.”