• Deputy Premier turns first sod of ExxonMobil’s $1 billion gas conditioning plant• Plant will process enough gas to power a city of one million people for 35 years and create 250 construction jobs
• Victorian Coalition Government is supporting industry to deliver Victoria’s future infrastructure needs
Construction is set to begin on ExxonMobil’s $1 billion gas conditioning plant, enabling the development of new off-shore gas fields in the Gippsland basin and underpinning Eastern Australia’s future energy needs.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan today visited ExxonMobil’s Longford complex to turn the first sod for the start of construction of the $1 billion gas conditioning plant.
Mr Ryan said the new plant, which will begin processing gas in 2016, would create 250 construction jobs at the site 20 kilometres south of Sale, and provide security for Victoria’s gas stocks.
“The finished plant will process gas associated with ExxonMobil’s $4.5 billion project that covers three oil and gas fields – Kipper, Tuna and Turrum,” Mr Ryan said.
“The gas processed will maintain current gas supplies by bringing on new reserves. This means that Victoria will have an ongoing stable source of natural gas, a clean burning low emission source of energy for use now and into the future by business, industry and households.”
Mr Ryan said the $4.5 billion Kipper, Tuna and Turrum project had already created 1,300 construction and installation jobs.
“This project is the largest domestic oil and gas development on Australian’s eastern seaboard and will provide enough energy to power a city of one million people for 35 years,” Mr Ryan said.
“The project will not only secure Victoria’s gas needs for the foreseeable future, it will also be able to supply gas to interstate markets through the gas transmission lines that connect to New South Wales and South Australia.”
Mr Ryan said that Esso Australia Pty Ltd (Esso), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd, owns the Longford complex, an onshore receiving point for oil and gas output from Bass Strait.
“The Longford complex, which currently has four plants operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week, has been supplying most of Victoria’s gas supply since 1969,” Mr Ryan said.
“During this period Esso has been a strong contributor to the local and state economies, employing 1,800 people, the majority of whom are based in regional Victoria.
“This project will ensure Esso continues to be a strong contributor to the Gippsland and Victorian economies for many years to come.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government had worked with ExxonMobil, the Wellington Shire and relevant government agencies regarding development approvals for the new plant.
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