A project at the Port of Brisbane’s Lytton Refinery will create around 300 construction jobs and safeguard the ongoing jobs of approximately 450 employees and 400 contractors as a part of the Ampol Future Fuels Desulfurisation project.

Acting Queensland Premier Steven Miles recently declared the Ampol Future Fuels Desulfurisation Project a prescribed project and critical infrastructure project on the recommendation of the Coordinator-General. The Lytton Refinery is one of two oil refineries remaining in Australia and the only one in Queensland.

“This upgrade will improve fuel security and efficiency in Queensland and nationally, fuelling our industry,” Mr Miles said.

“Importantly it will help deliver cleaner, lower emissions fuel, which is better for the environment.

“This will ensure the Lytton Refinery continues to operate long into the future, enabling retention of high-skill manufacturing jobs in Queensland.

“Declaring the project a prescribed project and critical infrastructure project will ensure timely decision making to help get this project off the ground.”

Member for Lytton, Joan Pease, said the project will include plant upgrades, expansion and associated works on land owned by Ampol, within and adjoining the existing refinery.

“The refinery has been operating in Lytton for over 50 years, supporting jobs and industry in our community,” Ms Pease said.

Ampol Executive General Manager, Fuel Supply Chain, Andrew Brewer, welcomed the declaration by the Queensland Government.

“Ampol has proudly operated the Lytton Refinery since 1965 and is eager to get the Ampol Future Fuels Desulfurisation Project finalised and underway so we can move tothe next stage of the refinery’s life,” Mr Brewer said.

“I know approvals associated with the project are complex and need to be obtained within tight timeframes. We would like to thank the Queensland Government for their ongoing support, and we look forward to working with them as we finalise our own approvals and commence work on this project.”

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