New Townsville Facilities Opened by David Crisafulli, Queensland Minister for Local Government.

BP’s new multi-million dollar bitumen import and manufacturing facility located within the Port of Townsville was today officially opened by David Crisafulli, Minister for Local Government.

“Regional Queensland needs to continue to promote the economic opportunities that are available in our part of the world.” Mr Crisafulli said.

“With a population nearing 200,000 and an ideal location to service the northern part of the state, there are golden opportunities for businesses to invest in Townsville.”

Project activity began in 2009 and 4 new storage tanks have been built and significant upgrades to the product wharf have been completed.

The facility can now supply up to 120,000 tonnes of bitumen each year to help meet strong demand for road building materials in Northern Queensland.

“Townsville’s strength lies in its diversity of industry and it is always pleasing to see another trade that will further support local and regional growth, jobs, and business come online,” Mr Barry Holden, Port of Townsville CEO said.

“BP Australia has been proactive in investing in the new infrastructure required to make this bitumen trade a reality and we congratulate the company on the initiative.”

The $50 million project was completed safely and supported some 80 jobs during the construction and commissioning phase.

Mike Bailey, BP Australia’s National Bitumen Manager said; “We can see strong growth in Northern Queensland for both paving grade bitumen and our speciality products designed for roads subject to high stress and wear. We are delighted with the performance of our new plant and are pleased to be contributing to Queensland’s prosperity.”

BP has recently begun operations at a new combined bitumen and marine oil import facility in Brisbane. Taken together the Brisbane and Townsville projects represent an investment of over $100 million and BP now has the capacity to seal or pave approximately 10,000 kilometres of Queensland roads per annum.

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