The Origin-operated BassGas joint venture is set to reduce carbon emissions from the BassGas gas plant at Gippsland in the Australian state of Victoria from 2010 after signing an agreement with Air Liquide.
‘The joint venture will capture more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide output of the gas plant which will be supplied to a new recovery unit to be built at the plant by Air Liquide at a cost of nearly A$20 million (US$14 million). “The amount of carbon dioxide that will be captured for re-use is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 21,000 cars or 4900 Australian homes,” said Origin’s general manager for upstream oil & gas, Paul Zealand. The BassGas joint venture has invested A$750 million to develop the BassGas project which provides natural gas, condensate and liquefied petroleum gas from the Yolla field which lies 147 kilometres off Victoria’s south-east coast. Gas is processed onshore at the Lang Lang gas plant, 100 kilometres east of Melbourne.