Date of offence
Between 07 Dec 2015 and 15 Mar 2016
Type of offence

Four charges:

Did disobey conditions of licence on: 7th & 21st December 2015, 15th February 2016 and 15th March 2016, at Corio, contrary to s.27(2).

Background of offence

Oil refinery operator VIVA Energy Refining Pty Ltd has been ordered to pay over $31,000 in fines and costs without conviction in the Geelong Magistrates' Court, after it admitted to releasing excessive amounts of potentially hazardous fluoride to the atmosphere.

Viva had entered a plea of guilty to four charges of breaching its licence for the oil refinery at 90 Refinery Road, Corio.

Along with a $21,000 fine, the company was ordered to pay EPA's costs of just over $10,000 and advertise the court outcome in local newspapers.

Date of court hearing
15 November 2018
Date of court order
23 November 2018
Court magistrate
P Mellas
Court location
Proceeding number

Court orders made

Publication order pursuant to s.67AC.

Without conviction, fined $21,000 as part of an aggregate order, Order referred to the Director, Fines Victoria, for collection and management.

VIVA Energy Refining Pty Ltd (Accused) ordered to pay costs in the amount of $10,870.27.

Reviewed 13 March 2020