Gippsland gas powers local manufacturing, supporting Australian jobs

Update from Longford Plants Manager, Kartik Garg

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Gippsland gas powers local manufacturing, supporting Australian jobs
The team at Longford have been working hard in the lead up to winter to make sure we are ready to maintain our supply of gas during the winter peak season.

Esso Australia has a long history of supplying reliable and affordable energy to Australia for more than 50 years.

Millions of Australians rely on the Gippsland gas processed through Longford for cooking and running heaters that keep homes their homes warm, especially in winter. Gippsland gas is also used to generate electricity that powers homes and businesses in south-eastern Australia, particularly during periods of peak electricity demand.

As the Australian government’s gas fired recovery plan demonstrates, the affordable and reliable supply of natural gas is also critical to supporting Australian manufacturing and the thousands of people employed by manufacturing businesses across the country.

Esso Australia continues to work with manufacturers to develop competitive gas supply agreements and support Australia’s economic recovery. For example, we recently extended our gas sales agreement with Oceania Glass, which will see the company continue supplying Gippsland gas to support Australian glass production until at least the mid-2020s. 

Oceania Glass, Australia’s only manufacturer of architectural flat glass, makes and distributes glass for use in Australian homes and buildings. Employees at its Dandenong South operations rely on the supply of Gippsland gas to power the furnace at the heart of its manufacturing process.

We are also exploring alternative uses for our products, such as the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture’s recent agreement with Air Liquide to capture and reuse Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extracted from Gippsland gas.

Under the new agreement, we will capture and send excess CO2 from the Longford Gas Conditioning Plant to Air Liquide, who will then process and provide the in-demand gas in various forms to Australian businesses.

CO2 is typically used for a variety of important functions that are essential to everyday life including food preservation, the transportation of blood and other human specimens such as plasmas, soft drink, beer and wine production, meat and poultry processing, water treatment, desalination and cold storage.

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