Since 1949, Altona Refinery has played an important role in Australia’s overall fuel supply chain. Altona Refinery represented an enormous investment in Australian industry during the post-World War II period even by the standards of the day, both in scope and in monetary terms. Initial construction cost £1,000,000, and the major expansion of the 1950s meant Altona Refinery was then the most modern of its kind in the world.
The refinery now produces a number of refined petroleum products, including unleaded petrol, diesel and jet fuel, to supply around half of Victoria’s petroleum fuel needs currently.
Today, Altona Refinery is one of Victoria’s major manufacturing facilities, producing more than 14 million litres of refined fuel products per day - enough to fill around 330,000 cars. Over the past five years, we have invested more than $400 million on improving the safety reliability and viability of our refining and distribution facilities in Melbourne’s west. Investment in technology saw us increase the refining capacity of Altona Refinery in recent years from 80,000 to 90,000 barrels of refined fuel products per day.
We employ a long-term approach to supplying the Australian fuel market, investing in the community of Melbourne’s west to bring jobs, economic growth and opportunity.
Learn more about the enduring legacy of Altona Refinery:
Mobil Australia: A brief history
About Altona Refinery
From Basin to Bowser: our oil and gas journey
Celebrating 70 years of Altona Refinery: watch the video
How we power modern life: watch the video
Mobil community news
Altona Refinery: A Timeline
Highlighting the personal stories behind our long history in Altona
To mark the 70th anniversary of Altona Refinery, we are highlighting how our local business has helped power Australia forward as a nation, and the human perspective driving this progress throughout the years.