19 December 2015

The New South Wales environmental watchdog says BP Australia is working to significantly reduce emissions from its Newcastle bulk fuel storage terminal.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said the company will install a $3 million vapour recovery unit at the Carrington facility.

BP will be allowed to increase throughput at the terminal and therefore temporarily increase emissions, as long as the unit is installed within 18 months.

The EPA’s Hunter manager Adam Gilligan said the VRU will be up and running by the end of June 2017.

“This piece of equipment will reduce the emission of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere when tankers are filling at the site,” he said.

“So that is a good improvement in local air quality as a result.

“I don’t believe it will be a noticeable impact because we’re not receiving concerns from residents about odours from the site now.

“But there are chemicals that are emitted into the environment when tankers refill, and this will reduce that significantly over time.”

Mr Gilligan said it is crucial BP reduces emissions if it is going to expand the terminal.

“Essentially this process will allow that activity to continue with an actual reduction in emissions rather than an increase,” he said.

“It will achieve significant improvements in air quality in the local community.”

Extracted in full from ABC News.