BOC to build carbon dioxide facility in Victoria

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Gas and engineering company BOC will build a multi-million dollar carbon dioxide processing facility in Longford, Victoria as part of a new long-term CO2 supply agreement with the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture. 

The new facility will have the capacity to produce more than 60,000 tonnes of beverage-grade liquid CO2 annually, making it the largest merchant CO2 production facility in the South Pacific. It will significantly increase long-term CO2 reliability and supply for many Australian industries.  

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The Gippsland Basin Joint Venture is a 50-50 joint venture between Esso Australia Resources and Woodside Energy. Under the agreement, the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture will capture and send CO2 from its Longford Gas Conditioning Plant directly to BOC’s new facility. 

BOC South Pacific managing director John Evans said the new facility would increase BOC’s capacity to supply the highest standard of carbon dioxide to customers in Australia and New Zealand. 

“BOC is building new infrastructure to ensure long-term supply security of an essential gas used in many industries including food processing and packaging, beverage, hospitality, desalination, medical, manufacturing and water treatment,” he said. 

“This significant investment is part of our commitment to develop local supply partnerships and expand our production capability to meet the future needs of our customers and support growth across the South Pacific Region.”

Esso Australia chairman Dylan Pugh said the agreement demonstrates how Esso is taking a leading role in decarbonising its operations while still providing products that are essential for everyday life.

“Through this partnership with BOC, we will transform what is effectively a waste stream into a product of beneficial use for Australian businesses in the food, beverage, hospitality, manufacturing and medical industries,” Pugh said.

Woodside Energy executive vice president marketing and trading Mark Abbotsford said the new agreement was a great example of how businesses can work together to improve societal and environmental outcomes.

“Beyond providing energy to keep lights on and support industry, this is one of the many ways that Woodside Energy is collaborating to ensure the reliable and sustainable supply of essential products the community needs and enjoys,” Abbotsford said.

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“This agreement will support key sectors in our economy, new opportunities for regional jobs as well as our own decarbonisation goals.”

Scoping for the project is well underway with construction expected to commence in 2022, subject to regulatory approvals. Around 60 jobs will be created during the construction phase, with the facility expected to be operational in 2024.

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