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The Geelong Refinery, is one of the largest and most complex hydrocarbon refineries in Australia. The refinery produces about half of Victoria’s petrol and other fuel needs. It is one of only a handful of refineries in the Southern Hemisphere that produces Avgas which is used by piston engine planes. Other specialty products include bitumen in a range of grades plus solvents that support Australian mining, paint, adhesive and other industries.

Our Geelong refinery manufactures products that can be bought at Shell-branded service stations through the Coles Express Network and through our other channel partners.

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About Us

Viva Energy


Viva Energy Australia is the exclusive licensee of Shell products in Australia. Our mission is to keep local industry moving, with Shell fuels, lubricants, chemicals, marine products and bitumen.

We also provide expertise. Our people are highly skilled and trained to deliver a service that is reliable and adds value. Indeed, Viva Energy is driven by people.

Two Parents

Forged from two of the world’s foremost energy companies, Shell and Vitol, Viva Energy is a brand new company with the benefit of 110 years local Australian experience:

Vitol

The world’s largest independent energy trading company and the primary shareholder of Viva Energy Australia. With more than 200 ships at sea at any given time and over 5 million barrels of crude oil and products traded every day, Vitol has the scale and capability to meet Australia’s growing demand for energy.

Shell

One of the world’s most recognised and respected brands. Shell’s reputation for quality and technical innovation is reflected in products that combine performance, efficiency and reliability. Future advancements will come from Shell’s annual global investment of more than $1.3 billion in research and development.

Our Process Engineering Graduate Program

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Commence your career with Viva Energy Australia, in a real job with accountability!

We are seeking talented Chemical Engineers to join the team in a permanent capacity. You will become an important part of our future working at our Geelong refinery as a Process Technologist.

You will be exposed to a wide range of challenges and exciting opportunities. During your two year graduate program you will work on projects and be developed to deepen your technical skills, and build on soft skills and business acumen. Our process technicians provide technical advice ranging from safety, risk, integrity, operational performance and energy utililsation which helps ensure our facilities are well designed, safely operated and properly inspected and maintained.

Viva Energy is founded on strong values and promotes a culture based on honesty, integrity and respect. We embrace diversity in all forms and are committed to ensuring all employees work in a safe and productive environment where they can develop to their full potential.

In return, you will work for a company with a long-term growth plan and ambition to be the best at what you do in a competitive market. You will be challenged, and expected to deliver on your promises. You will work with technical experts focused on delivering best practice results. You will experience real ownership and accountability. At Viva Energy, we are building a culture where people feel inspired to achieve. We empower our teams to push the boundaries and individuals to act as if this business was their own, demonstrating creative thinking and accountability.

Performance is the foundation of Viva Energy Australia. Put simply, we are a smart, agile, outcome focused company that rewards our people according to their performance, safety focus and delivery. Viva Energy is driven by people. Our people are skilled and trained to deliver the most dependable service in the country. We understand that our people are what make our business a success.

As the landscape of the energy market in Australia changes, Viva Energy is committed to creating a business that is a leader in what we do, both creative and commercially focused. We are looking to pave the way for new and innovative ways of working, whilst continuing to supply great product to the Australian market.

Work life balance

We know juggling work-life balance can be hard and that every employee is unique with different situations and requirements. So we aim to provide our people with the flexibility to ‘design’ their own day – whether this be working remotely, working from home or supporting flexible start and finish times.

Where the role allows, we encourage flexible working arrangements within roles, whether this be part time or job share and our shift patterns for operations staff are attractive and also offer flexibility.

For parents and primary care givers, we provide competitive maternity/paternity leave allowances and offer a child care referral service to support employees securing childcare placement.

Our process engineers provide technical advice on safety, risk, integrity, operational performance and energy utilization that helps ensure our facilities are well designed, safely operated, and properly inspected and maintained.

Working with us

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The Geelong Refinery, is one of the largest and most complex hydrocarbon refineries in Australia. The refinery produces about half of Victoria’s petrol and other fuel needs. It is one of only a handful of refineries in the Southern Hemisphere that produces Avgas which is used by piston engine planes. Other specialty products include bitumen in a range of grades plus solvents that support Australian mining, paint, adhesive and other industries.

Our Geelong refinery manufactures products that can be bought at Shell-branded service stations through the Coles Express Network and through our other channel partners.

Products

The refinery can process up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.  About 90% of crude and other feedstock arrives at the refinery via ship. Crude oil arrives from the Far East (e.g. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia), West Africa (e.g. Algeria and Gabon), United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and Australia’s Bass Strait oilfields via the Western Port-Altona-Geelong (WAG) pipeline and by ship as well as condensate that is trucked in from a number of Victorian gas fields.

Major products produced at the refinery include:

  • Petrol (25% being high octane grades including V-Power);
  • Diesel;
  • Jet fuel;
  • Bitumen;
  • Automotive and Commercial LPG;
  • Propylene feedstock for the co-located LyondellBasell polypropylene plant;
  • Specialty solvents; and,
  • Avgas.

All petrol is low benzene and all diesel is ultra low sulphur, in accordance with the Federal Government’s Clean Fuels Legislation.

Low volatility petrol is made in accordance with Victorian State Government requirements.

The use of low benzene petrol produced by the refinery is helping reduce benzene emissions from vehicles.  At the same time, benzene emissions from the refinery - while already well within public health and environmental guidelines - have dropped significantly.

Production Process

Geelong’s primary distillation produces light and middle distillates and residue. The light distillates are processed to upgrade quality and remove sulphur. They are then split into gas (used as refinery furnace fuel), liquid petroleum gas (LPG), petrol and kerosene.

The petrol stream is processed further to improve the octane number. The octane rating is a measure of the resistance of petrol to auto-ignition (engine knocking) in spark-ignition internal combustion engines. The higher the octane rating, the greater the power from an appropriately designed and tuned engine.

Middle distillates are light gas oil (diesel) and heavy gas oil. Residue is used primarily as the feedstock to the cat-cracking unit and is also used to make fuel oil. The cat-cracking plant converts residue into refinery fuel gas, LPG, petrol, diesel products and fuel oil.

The Lyondell-Basell company operates a polypropylene plant on the refinery site that takes propylene feed from the cat-cracker to make polypropylene plastic.

Distribution

About 65% of Geelong refinery’s product is transported by pipeline to Viva Energy Australia's and other customer terminals near Newport in Melbourne for distribution throughout Victoria.  Another 25% leaves by ship for Australian coastal cities and New Zealand.  The rest is taken by road to customers in Geelong and nearby rural areas.

How to apply

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Visit our website and go through our online application

When to apply

Our applications are open from March – April

Eligibility

  • At minimum, a three year university degree
  • Australian citizenship

Position locations

Geelong and Melbourne

Further information

Please visit our website

We look forward to receiving your application

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