Air Liquide Australia has entered into an agreement with the Gippsland Basin joint venture to build a new purification and processing facility to deliver a supply of high quality CO2 to Australian industries.
As part of this long-term carbon dioxide (CO2) supply agreement, Air Liquide will build, own and operate a brand new CO2 processing and purification facility.
The facility will be constructed next to the Longford Gas Conditioning Plant, and owned by BHP and Esso Australia.
Esso Australia will be operator of the facility, which will capture CO2 from its operations and supply it to Air Liquide for purification and re-use.
Construction of the facility and modifications to the Longford Gas Conditioning Plant are expected to begin in 2021, subject to approvals.
A total of 60 local jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project.
The purified CO2 will serve Australian businesses in a broad range of industries where quality and reliability of supply are a necessity.
This includes food, beverage, water treatment, desalination, hospitality, manufacturing and medical industries.
The managing director of Pacific Industrial Marcos Etcheverrigaray said the agreement will help promote a supply of this ingredient which is vital for a great number of its Australian customers.
“This agreement with the Gippsland Basin JV demonstrates our shared commitment to contribute to improving the sustainability of our operations,” Etcheverrigaray said.