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Media Release, 16 February 2006
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CICCC Update—16 February 2006 Meeting

Clean-up east of Mackenzie Road

About $9.5 million has been spent to clean-up chemical pollution of the ground in the area east of Mackenzie Road which Terminals Pty Ltd has vacated. About 25,500 cubic metres of contaminated soil were trucked to the Lyndhurst land fill, and replaced with clean backfill.

Terminals Pty Ltd had originally proposed in-situ remediation of the contamination, using biological bio-piles, which would have resulted in nearly all material being treated and remaining on site. While being cheaper, in-situ remediation is a lengthy process, and would have required the closure of the Terminals facility before an alternative was established. To keep the Terminals' eastern site open until the Marstel facility was built and in operation, a deal was struck with the State Government and Marstel's customers. The quicker process of removing the material was adopted, enabling Terminals facility to remain operational until the Marstel facility was ready.

George Horman, Managing Director of Terminals Pty Ltd stated "the extent of chemical pollution was much greater than the 5,000 to 10,000 cubic metres indicated by the preliminary testing of the site. The chemicals were mainly hydrocarbons, originating from use of the site over the decades by a variety of owners."

An audit to determine if "Clean-up to the extent practicable" (CUTEP) has been achieved is being undertaken, by an EPA appointed auditor (Anthony Lane in this case). The auditor has advised that he will be reporting on the East side clean up in April. The site is to be handed over to P&O Ports for an extension to its container storage area.

Combustor trials

Terminals Pty Ltd is undertaking trials to reduce the natural gas feed to the combustors. At present the combustors are running at 890? C, and destroy over 99.9% of the input emissions. A trial with a reduced gas flow, resulting in an operating temperature of 750? C has produced virtually no reduction of the effectiveness of the combustor. A further trial at about 650? C will be made, leading to selection of an optimum setting for the combustors. Significant savings in gas are anticipated, with corresponding decreases in Greenhouse gas emissions.

New Pygas tanks

The new Pygas (pyrolysis gasoline) tanks have been completed, and the first shipment of product is awaited.

Better integration CICCC & MCG

A joint meeting of CICCC and the MCG (Marstel Community Group) was held on 9 February 2006, chaired by Theo Pykoulas of Maribyrnong City Council. The meeting resolved to request Maribyrnong City Council to pursue options for six-monthly forums where all parties could discuss matters of mutual interest. It is anticipated that all Coode Island companies will be invited to the first forum, while other chemical and storage facilities in Yarraville may be invited in the future. The separate consultation arrangements (CICCC and MCG) will continue.

Terminals Pty Ltd ownership changes

George Horman told the Committee about further changes in the ownership of Terminals Pty Ltd. Valero (who recently bought Terminals parent company Kaneb) wishes to divest itself of Australian assets, and a buy-out by Ed Doughety (the former CEO of Kaneb) and the Chan family interests for US$65 million is imminent. The new company will be called ANZ Terminals Pty Ltd and will be registered in Australia.

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 13 April 2006 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm.


Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 20 February 2006 CICCC web site: http://www.ciccc.org hide this


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