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ExxonMobil announces startup of Bass Strait project

LNG Industry,

ExxonMobil has announced the startup of the Kipper Tuna Turrum project in Bass Strait, Australia.

Natural gas production has commenced from the Tuna field via two new pipelines, and oil is being produced from the Turrum field through the new Marlin B platform. Operated by ExxonMobil subsidiary, Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd, the AU$ 4.5 billion Kipper Tuna Turrum project is the largest domestic oil and gas development on the eastern seaboard.

“The Kipper Tuna Turrum project will help secure east Australia’s energy future, and holds enough energy to power a city of a million people for 35 years,” said Richard Owen, chairman of ExxonMobil Australia. “Development of Australia’s natural gas resources will also yield significant environmental benefits. Natural gas is cleaner-burning and, when used to generate electricity, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 60%.”

The project has had a positive impact on the Gippsland and Victorian economies, generating work for local suppliers and contractors. Owen explained that 1300 full time jobs were sustained during the construction and installation phase, and that the Australian content for the project has reached an estimated AU$ 2.8 billion.

Production from the Kipper Tuna Turrum project will help maintain current gas production levels from Bass Strait, which have been producing for over 40 years.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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