BOC to build 60,000 tpa plant for CO2 supply

Industrial gases company BOC has announced that it will build a new carbon dioxide processing plant in the Victorian town of Longford, with capacity of more than 60,000 tonnes annually and expected to be operational in 2024.

In an announcement on Tuesday, BOC – owned by the Linde Group – said the output of beverage-grade CO2 would make it the largest merchant supplier in the South Pacific.  

“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,” said Managing Director of BOC South Pacific John Evans.

Construction is part of a long-term supply agreement with the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture, a 50-50 JV between Esso and Woodside Energy. The GBJV will directly capture CO2 from its Longford Gas Conditioning Plant to be sent to BOC’s new facility.

“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,” Esso Australia Chairman Dylan Pugh

A budget for the project was not given, but according to the statement it is expected to employ 60 during construction, which is expected to begin next year.

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