Selfs Point Fire System Upgrade

Location

Selfs Point Fuel Facility, Port of Hobart

Type of infrastructure

Fuel transit facility

Project scale

$8 million (B2/F10)

Time frame

Current (Jan 2021 to February 2022)

Current Phase

Practical Completion reached. Finalisation of equipment commissioning. Demobilisation underway (January - February 2022)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Approximately 50% of Tasmania’s fuel supply is imported via the Selfs Point fuel transit facility, within the Port of Hobart. As a critical link in southern Tasmania’s fuel supply chain, TasPorts is investing more than $8 million to replace the existing fire system at the Selfs Point wharf terminal.

Through the installation of a contemporary fit-for-purpose fire system, TasPorts’ investment will secure and support the future of southern Tasmania’s fuel supply by ensuring the facility can respond appropriately in the event of a incident.

This investment will elevate the system to current best practice equipment and operational requirements, providing an operational design life of more than 25 years.

The project scope covers the replacement and upgrade of the existing seawater fire protection system, works include:

  • removal of existing system and redundant shore-based structures;
  • installation of three new fire towers;
  • installation of a three million litre water tank;
  • installation of a 32,000L fluorine free foam tank
  • construction of a new shore-based pump house and operations control room building.

The project commenced with demolition of old infrastructure in January 2021 and will conclude in early 2022.

PROJECT STATUS - FEBRUARY 2022

Practical Completion reached. Finalisation of equipment commissioning.

Works currently being undertaken include:

  • Commissioning of final systems.
  • Demobilisation of worksite.

During mid-February 2022, TasPorts and our partners will be undertaking the final commissioning of the new fire system, incorporating generation of live foam to allow final system certification.

In preparation, TasPorts has developed a comprehensive plan for testing, which has the consent of the EPA and the Derwent Estuary Program. To manage the resulting foam, TasPorts will have a number of support vessels working in and around the Selfs Point facility during this time.

Mariners are requested to avoid the area and not interfere with the support vessels involved in the activity.

For further information, see Notice to Mariners:

M073-22 Port of Hobart - Selfs Point - Fire System Upgrade Testing - Marine and Safety Tasmania (mast.tas.gov.au)

Project Partners

As part of the TasPorts’ commitment to local procurement, we are proud to advise that 85% of the project costs will remain within Tasmania.

TasPorts is committed to engaging local business where possible and is partnering with leading Tasmanian civil engineering and construction firm, Shaw Contracting, to undertake this vital work.

Shaw Contracting is an industry leader in civil infrastructure projects, with extensive construction and project management experience. Shaw Contracting will be responsible for the site for the duration of works, however as the facility will remain fully operational for visiting vessels at all times, there will be occasions when the site will be temporarily returned to TasPorts to facilitate these visits.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FAQs

What does the project involve?

What does the project involve?

The project involves the replacement and upgrade of the existing seawater fire protection system.

Specifically, the work includes the removal of the existing system and old shore-based structures, installation of new fire towers and tanks and construction of a new shore-based pump house and operations control room building.

The majority of the project will have little to no effect on the community, however there was a small amount of noise impact during February 2021 as preparations commenced for the foundations of a new three million litre tank and operations control building. These pile-driving works have now been completed, ahead of schedule.

Please contact the Selfs Point Fire System Upgrade Project Manager:

Telephone: 1300 366 742

Email: communications@tasports.com.au

LATEST NEWS

Final testing & commissioning | February 2022

Final commissioning of the system is currently underway, to allow final system certification.

Final testing underway | September 2021

Substantial project completion has been reached, with testing and commissioning of all systems currently taking place.

Completion of Water Supply Tank | May 2021

A major milestone for the Selfs Point project has been reached, with the completion of the Water Supply Tank.

Site mobilisation | Press Release February 2021

TasPorts is proud to announce mobilisation of works at Selfs Point has commenced.

CONTACT

Please contact the Selfs Point Fire System Upgrade Project Manager:

Telephone: 1300 366 742

Email: communications@tasports.com.au