Construction of a new production facility to supply carbon dioxide (CO2) to industry is slated to begin this year, industrial gas company Air Liquide announced.
Air Liquide has an agreement with the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture, a 50-50 joint venture between BHP Petroleum (Bass Strait) and Esso Australia Resources, to build a new purification and processing facility to supply high quality CO2 to Australian industries.
Under this long-term CO2 supply agreement, Air Liquide will build, own and operate a facility for processing and purifying CO2. It will be built adjacent to the Longford Gas Treatment Plant owned by the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture and operated by Esso Australia, which will capture CO2 from its operations and deliver it to Air Liquide for purification and reuse.
Marcos Etcheverrigaray, Air Liquide Managing Director of Pacific Industrial, said, “This agreement with the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture shows our shared commitment to improve the sustainability of our operations. It will help promote the supply of this ingredient which is vital to many of our Australian customers. “
The purified CO2 will serve Australian companies in a variety of industries where quality and delivery reliability are a necessity. These include food, beverage, water treatment, desalination, hospitality, manufacturing, and medical industries.
Construction of the new Air Liquide facility and modifications to the Longford gas conditioning facility are expected to begin in 2021, subject to regulatory approvals. Around 60 local jobs are to be created during the construction phase of the project.