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Esso pipeline replacement project

Esso Australia is replacing a 187 kilometre pipeline which transports crude oil and condensate between its facilities at Longford and Long Island Point. Construction commenced in January 2016 and will occur over a two year period. Esso has awarded the contract to construct the replacement pipeline to Nacap Australia (a Quanta Services company).

The replacement pipeline is being constructed adjacent to Esso’s existing crude oil and condensate and LPG pipelines.  Construction work will mainly occur on private land and should not cause significant disruption to the community.

Read more about how construction is progressing on Esso's replacement pipeline.

The pipeline will allow the continued delivery of crude oil and condensate, and will also ensure that natural gas from our offshore Gippsland operations continues to flow to Australian households and businesses.

The replacement pipeline represents another significant investment in the continuation of our Gippsland operations, which have provided crude oil, condensate, LPG and natural gas to the Australian market since they commenced operation in 1969.

A range of fact sheets are available which provide further information about the project:

A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document is also available which outlines some basic information about the project and the construction of the pipeline as well as a high level map of the pipeline route. For any questions or enquiries relating to employment or supply of goods and services for the project,

Regulatory approvals

Esso has received various regulatory approvals from both the Federal and Victorian Government in order to construct the replacement pipeline.

A Pipeline Consultation Plan for the project which was approved in 2013 by the then Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (now Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) is available for download.

In 2014, Esso submitted referrals for the pipeline replacement project to Victorian and Federal environmental agencies. Both the Victorian and Federal agencies approved Esso’s applications.

Esso's approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC 2014/7202) requires Esso to develop an annual compliance report confirming compliance with the conditions of the approval.  There have been no instances of non-compliance with the conditions of the approval.

Esso’s annual compliance report is now available for review:

A licence to construct the pipeline was issued by the Victorian Minister for Resources and Energy in December 2015.

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