17 May 2012
Today marked the 1,000th export cargo from Santos’ Port Bonython liquids processing plant near Whyalla in South Australia.
Santos celebrated the milestone with the presentation of a commemorative plaque to the captain of the Tandara Spirit, currently taking on a cargo of crude oil.
Port Bonython – named in honour of Santos’ founding Chairman, John Bonython AO – issued its first shipment in 1983. Since then, more than 40 million tonnes of product including crude oil, LPG and naphtha have been exported from the plant.
Cargoes have gone to all Australian domestic refineries, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Hawaii, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Taiwan, South Korea and China.
Gross revenue generated by Port Bonython totals over $14 billion and total gross wharfage paid to the South Australian Government exceeds $70 million.
“We’re very pleased to celebrate this significant milestone,” said Lou Dello, Santos’ General Manager Oil & Offshore Business.
“Port Bonython has long been an important part of Santos’ business, processing liquids from the Cooper Basin in South Australia’s remote north and shipping them right across the country and the Asia-Pacific.
“It’s a testament to the vision of the company at the time, and the ongoing commitment of our employees, that Port Bonython remains a thriving business today.”
Santos is the operator of Port Bonython and a 66.6% shareholder, with partners Delhi holding 20.2% and Origin 13.2%.