New gas plant for Longford

UP to 250 construction jobs will be created as a gas conditioning plant is built at the Esso-BHP Billiton gas plants at Longford.

The GSP will treat the higher carbon dioxide levels in the gas extracted from the Kipper Tuna Turrum project to be used on the open market.

The project will involve construction on private land already occupied by Esso, zoned for industrial use and adjacent to the existing Longford facilities.

Longford plants manager David Anderson said early works had already begun, but construction would begin during the second half of 2013. The facility is expected to be operational by 2016.

Mr Anderson said the company had been as transparent as possible, with meetings held with government and fact sheets distributed to neighbouring landowners.

A community information session has been held last month, with another to be held on Monday between 5pm and 8pm at Longford Primary School.

“We will continue to update the stakeholders as we go,” Mr Anderson said.

“We are keen to listen to our neighbours and take any questions.”