ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Australia’s recent major projects have generated around 2,000 jobs, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to the Gippsland region.
Speaking at the 2015 APPEA Conference in Melbourne, David Standfield, Esso Australia’s Projects Manager, provided an update on the Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT) Project and Longford Gas Conditioning Plant (GCP) Project. While Tuna gas and Turrum oil production commenced through the new offshore facilities in late 2013, Kipper and Turrum gas production required a new Gas Conditioning Plant and modifications to Esso Australia’s existing plants at Longford.
Mr Standfield said construction works for the GCP commenced in late 2013 are progressing well, with the majority of large equipment being installed in accordance with project plans.
“Once the plant is operational in 2016, the KTT Project will deliver 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas to the East Australia market, helping replace declining production from existing fields. This equates to providing enough energy to power a city of a million people for 35 years.”
These projects have also created opportunities for employment and industry in the local community, added David.
“During its construction, the KTT Project generated around 1,500 jobs. The GCP Project, together with works that are occurring on our existing facilities, has created another 500 jobs. We’re also pleased that we have been able to utilise local expertise in helping to deliver these projects, with suppliers from towns such as Morwell, Sale and Traralgon providing millions of dollars’ worth of goods and services.
“The multi-billion KTT Project and GCP Project reflect our continuing focus on extracting maximum value from the billions of dollars in infrastructure that we have in place in Gippsland. We’ve been an active member of the Gippsland community for half a century, and are proud to invest in this thriving community,” he said.
ExxonMobil Australia’s subsidiaries have been operating in this country since 1895. The Tuna and Turrum projects are part of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture, in which Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd, as operator, and BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) Pty Ltd each have a 50 per cent interest. The Kipper venture participants are Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd (32.5 per cent and operator) and subsidiaries of BHP Billiton (32.5 percent) and Santos Limited (35 per cent).
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