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Oxair supplies nitrogen system for Gorgon

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Oxair Gas Systems has announced that it is supplying a nitrogen system for the Chevron-operated Gorgon project in Australia.

The company was commissioned by Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to produce a nitrogen system for Chevron Australia that would help protect the conservation values of Barrow Island – an A-Class nature reserve off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

As part of the effort to protect this environment against invasive species, Chevron developed a novel fumigation process, utilising a new generation fumigant, which is not harmful to the environment. Oxair was contracted by CRC to work with Murdoch University to develop the nitrogen supply side for the fumigation equipment, and used Air Products’ membranes for the application. The unit will be capable of being operated 24/7.

One of the machines was constructed as a self-contained unit on a trailer, which could be taken to any location. It features its own generated power and air supply, along with a filtration and membrane system for nitrogen generation. The other was developed into a containerised unit with remote power supply feeding the compressor.

David Cheeseman, the Managing Director of Oxair, said: “Oxair is proud that its nitrogen system helps protect the Barrow Island environment from non-indigenous species, which represent the greatest threat to the Island’s native flora and fauna.

“The Gorgon Project will be an important pillar of the Australian economy for decades to come. We are thrilled to work as a key supplier to this world-class project.”

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