A bigger version of this Southern Oil Refinery at Wagga Wagga will be built in Gladstone.
A bigger version of this Southern Oil Refinery at Wagga Wagga will be built in Gladstone. Contributed

Oil refinery plant set for Gladstone turns heads in NZ

AN oil recycling plant being built for a project in Gladstone is attracting attention during its construction in New Zealand.

Fairfax reports modules for the plant are being built by Fitzroy Engineering in Taranaki, with the finished plant to be 30 metres high, 30m long and 18m wide.

Fitzroy Engineering managing director Richard Ellis said the plant would have 15 modules, and there were nine of them on site at the moment.

"It's a landmark project for us, because there's some awesome technology involved," he said.

The $55 million project will bring at least 80 jobs to Gladstone, with Southern Oil Refining collecting and re-refining used lube oils from engines, hydraulics and gear oils.

The company already has a refinery in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and Gladstone will house the second plant in the country.

The Yarwun-based site is expected to be operational by November, with construction jobs to peak in coming months.



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