Long Island Point

Opened in 1970, the Long Island Point plant, situated near Hastings, 75 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, plays a vital role in the Bass Strait production line.

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Long Island Point

Long Island Point carries out the final stage in the processing of the gas liquids (ethane, propane and butane) and stores crude oil prior to distribution to refineries in Australia and overseas.

The 158 hectare site houses three gas liquids fractionation trains, nineteen pressurized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG - propane and butane) storage vessels, seven refrigerated atmospheric pressure LPG storage tanks, eight crude oil storage tanks, an LPG truck loading terminal and a jetty for loading LPG and crude oil onto ships. There is also a laboratory, warehouse, workshop and administration building.

In line with Victorian regulatory requirements, Long Island Point is registered as a Major Hazard Facility because it stores, handles, and processes large quantities of flammable products.

Each year LPG is shipped to customers across the Asia-Pacific region. Crude is also shipped to customers, mostly in Australia. Pipes for the various products run down the jetty to extendable loading arms which are attached securely to the tankers' manifold.

Personnel at Long Island Point are committed to achieving and maintaining excellence in environmental care throughout operations with a focus on emissions reductions, water conservation and oil spill prevention.

Long Island Point facts

  • Commenced operation in 1970
  • Directly employs around 80 people and indirectly supports other local jobs
  • LPG is processed, stored and distributed to customers by ship, truck and pipeline
  • Crude oil is stored and distributed by ship and pipeline
  • Around 25 trucks collect LPG from Long Island Point every day
Learn about how Long Island Point contributes to the community

An alternative for managing excess ethane that benefits our community and will reduce the need to flare at Long Island Point

Gippsland gas currently supplies around 40 per cent of eastern Australia’s domestic gas needs through production of oil and gas from Bass Strait

The Long Island Point Plant has an important role in this supply of energy, processing the associated gas liquids from our Longford gas production, to create ethane, propane and butane.

Propane and butane is sent to domestic and overseas customers via truck, ship or pipeline, while all ethane from Long Island Point is currently provided as feedstock to a petrochemical manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west.

When the customer is unable to accept the ethane as a result of planned or unplanned maintenance, in most cases, we either need to reduce the gas liquids flowing to Long Island Point, reducing the supply of propane and butane to Victoria, or need to flare the ethane. In some circumstances, this could even result in the need to significantly curtail natural gas supply to reduce the production of these gas liquids, which would impact the ability of Victorians to heat our homes and power our businesses.

To improve community and environmental outcomes, we have identified an alternative for managing excess ethane that benefits our community and will reduce the need to flare at Long Island Point in the future.

Esso Australia and BHP, the other Gippsland Basin Joint Venture participant, are planning a project to install three small,  modern, efficient ethane power generation units at the Long Island Point plant. These will be capable of converting ethane into 35-40 megawatts of electricity to power Victorian homes, while ensuring we can maintain our reliable supply of natural gas and natural gas liquids across the east coast.

We expect there will be minimal impacts to the community from the project construction, which is set to take place within the existing industrial complex at Long Island Point during 2022.

If you would like to receive updates on this project, or have questions, please contact CommunityANZ@exxonmobil.com.

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