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Helicopter 2019

New helicopter for Esso Australia’s Gippsland operations

7 June 2019

Esso Australia, on behalf of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV), has announced it will add a fifth Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter to its existing fleet servicing its offshore oil and gas operations in Gippsland in 2019.

Sale opera 2018

Supporting arts in the community

3 June 2019

In the half-century since ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Australia formed its historic Gippsland Basin Joint Venture with BHP, we have also formed long-lasting relationships with a wide variety of organisations.

LIP schools

Encouraging youth to reach their full potential

31 May 2019

The team from Esso Australia’s Long Island Point (LIP) Plant have increased their involvement with nearby schools recently in an effort to showcase the diverse range of career options in the industry locally.


Volunteering footprints have strong community reach

20 May 2019

Volunteering has always been a key part of ExxonMobil Australia’s broader community relations program, and it remains an integral way that our local workforce can give something back to the wider community.


Skilled makeover for gas lifeline

16 April 2019

A highly skilled team of technical specialists have been working day and night for five weeks on a remote coastal site upgrading a vital part of Australia’s east coast gas infrastructure.

50 years

The Golden Jubilee of natural gas

25 March 2019

April 14 marks Australia’s offshore petroleum industry’s Golden Jubilee. This was the day that our first offshore natural gas was delivered to our first customers – the Westmore family in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Carrum.

Offshore medics

Offshore and on duty

25 Feb. 2019

Esso Australia has deployed a specialised occupational health service for its offshore operations in Bass Strait to enhance its medical support services to remote platform locations.

Local firefighters

Contributing to Gippsland for 50 years

8 Feb. 2019

In the years since Esso Australia formed its historic joint venture with BHP, known as the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV), it has also developed long-lasting relationships with a wide variety of community organisations.


Big Fill in action at Rosedale fire

18 Jan. 2019

A high-capacity fire-fighting pump, sponsored by the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV) Contributions Program, played an important role in controlling a major bushfire that broke out near Rosedale on Friday, January 4.


Ben leads the way

7 Jan. 2019

Long Island Point (LIP) Plant Electrical and Instrumentation Technician Ben Killeen has been named as a finalist in the ‘Top 100 Future Leaders’ 2019 competition.

Energy From Bass Strait

Energy from Bass Strait

31 Dec. 2018

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV) in 2019, we’ve been delving into our video archives to look at the way we once were.

Carolyn Superstars of STEM

Carolyn is a STEM superstar!

11 Dec. 2018

ExxonMobil Australia Offshore Risk, Environment and Regulatory Supervisor Carolyn Thomas has been named an official ‘Superstar of STEM’ by Science & Technology Australia (STA).

Yarram SC

Fostering an interest in energy

11 Dec. 2018

A group of students from Yarram Secondary College toured Longford Plants in December, learning more about how the oil and gas used by Australian’s each day travels from basin to bowser.

Sale mentors

Time, friendship and support for youth in Sale

26 Nov. 2018

Six team members from Esso’s Sale office have made a commitment to give a small portion of their time and a large portion of their hearts to mentoring local students who are at risk of disengaging from school. 


ExxonMobil artworks find new home at the NGV 

22 Nov. 2018

As part of ExxonMobil’s relocation of its Southbank offices to the Docklands, the move team were charged with finding worthy homes for a range of items that couldn’t be accommodated in the new headquarters.


Supporting safer waters in Lakes Entrance

19 Nov. 2018

Lakes Entrance’s surf lifesavers will be patrolling the waters in a new inflatable rescue boat (IRB) this summer with the support of ExxonMobil Australia.

Law DoC

Working hard for mothers and babies

31 Oct. 2018

Members of ExxonMobil Australia's Law Department took their volunteer leave day together to help out the St Kilda Mums organisation.

Men's Shed

Big Breakfast for Men’s Shed

1 Oct. 2018

ExxonMobil Australia has continued its support for the Australia Men’s Shed Association, providing funds for a ‘Big Breakfast’ event in September open to all ‘Shedders’ on the Mornington Peninsula.

Day of Caring

Environmental care at French Island

27 Sept. 2018

A team of Esso employees from the Long Island Point (LIP) Plant have participated in an environmental volunteering day on French Island.


Loading arm removal a success at LIP

24 Sept. 2018

The removal of a marine loading arm at Esso’s Long Island Point (LIP) Plant proved a logistical challenge that the team involved were able to successfully solve, with the arm removed safely during recent works at site.


Lessons in safety

14 Sept. 2018

Safety is our number one priority across our operations, and it’s also the number one priority for a number of our key stakeholders.



New gas fields kicking goals

31 July 2018

In winter most conversations are dominated by one subject – footy. However, at Esso our winter conversations have two dominant themes – footy and gas.



Choosing maths leads to big opportunities

30 July 2018

For ExxonMobil Australia employee and AFLW footballer Cat Phillips, the journey towards a rich and rewarding career in engineering began in her childhood where she displayed a curiosity about how things work and a passion for problem-solving.


Esso kick-starts budding careers

26 July 2018

Hundreds of students from Sale Catholic College and Maffra Secondary College attended their school’s career expo on Wednesday 25 July, hearing from a variety of local employers including Esso. 

CVA Sale

Valuable lessons in wetland care 

29 June 2018

Students and community organisation members across Gippsland have been experiencing the wonderful world of wetlands with the Victorian Wetland Care Education Program.

Gippsland art

Keeping Gippsland at the heart of east coast energy

26 June 2018

As Esso approaches the 50th anniversary of Gippsland oil and gas production it is transforming its operations to ensure Gippsland remains the heart of the east coast’s energy supplies for many years to come.


Dynamic improvement at Long Island Point

18 June 2018

Long Island Point Plant has achieved significant improvements in energy efficiency and productivity by upgrading its dynamic matrix control (DMC) system.

Chairman welcomes a new generation

24 May 2018

ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Richard Owen dropped into Sale to welcome the Longford Plants’ new apprentices on Thursday 17 May.

Helping to steer Longford into the future

The changing nature of Gippsland’s gas business has raised the bar for the Production Operations team. Unprecedented gas demand and the increasing sour gas (high in CO2) proportion of feedstock presents challenges for the Longford Plants.

Excellence celebrated at student awards 

23 May 2018

The outstanding efforts of three students from the University of Melbourne were recognised this month when they were awarded the ExxonMobil Australia Award for Excellence at a presentation event in Melbourne.

Gas blending

Blending boosts our sweet energy output

10 May 2018

Our Gippsland operations are like a massive chemistry set – a labyrinth of pipelines, process machinery, heaters, coolers, valves and vessels. 

Community at the heart of our operations

4 April 2018 by David I Anderson

With demand for gas never higher, our Longford plants have been operating at record levels for over two years. The fact that we have been able to maintain these production levels year-round is a testament to the amazing team at Longford, from the operators right down to the apprentices.

2017/2018 vacation student program wraps up

The 2017/2018 ExxonMobil Australia Vacation Student program wrapped up in mid-February with the company bidding farewell to a select group of high-performing students from universities across Australia.

A breath of fresh air at South Gippsland Hospital

8 Feb. 2018

A Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV) contribution to South Gippsland Hospital has funded the purchase of a new Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine for use in the urgent care clinic.

Safety milestone for Halibut

4 Jan. 2018

In 2017, the team on Halibut platform achieved the remarkable safety feat of ten years without a reportable safety incident. The milestone involved around 700,000 hours of work.

Kipper Tuna Turrum

Going back for future Bass Strait gas

Following another record year of production from our Longford Plants, ExxonMobil has been meeting unprecedented east coast gas demand by increasing our production well above our historical levels.

worker on stairway of offshore platform

Community applauds Esso’s operations

7 Nov. 2017

A recent Newfocus phone survey has found that 75 percent of people in Gippsland rated Esso’s operations favourably while more than 85 percent believed that Esso's operations benefit the local community.

Esso sponsors 2017 Southern Peninsula Network Science Fair

3 Nov. 2017

On Friday 3 November, the Southern Peninsula Network Science Fair hosted over 600 grade 5 and 6 students from a range of local schools in the Southern Mornington Peninsula area to showcase different science and technology programs and equipment.

Improving education outcomes for Morwell youth through gardening

On Tuesday, 31 October, Esso, in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Latrobe City Council and VicHealth, was proud to support the official launch of Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option’s new urban garden as part of the Green Valley Gardens initiative.

Longford Gas Conditioning Plant

East coast gas supply Q&As

by Richard J Owen

Our business is very much in the limelight at the moment due to the increased importance of gas in meeting our overall energy needs. As a result of concerns regarding the gas supply outlook for Australia’s east coast domestic market, we are getting a lot of questions about our Gippsland operations. Here are answers to some of the common questions...

Lions Club

Over Four Decades of Serving with Pride

On 19 October 2017, Esso Australia was thrilled to receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship on behalf of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture from the Lions Clubs of Sale.

Offshore platform

Key gas fields nearing end, but news not all bad

18 Oct. 2017 by Richard J Owen

Over the last 24 months, our Gippsland operations have been able to do the heavy lifting to meet unprecedented east coast gas demand by increasing our production well above our forecast levels.


Back in the hunt for Gippsland gas

by Richard J Owen

50 years after we received Australia’s first offshore production licence, we are actively pursuing new gas development opportunities in Bass Strait.

Happy ending for Riggs’ offshore adventure

Riggs, a juvenile Grey-headed Flying-fox, turned up on Kingfish B platform in Bass Strait after a cold winter storm recently and is now safe and well in the loving care of Joey and Bat Sanctuary (JABS) in Melbourne.

The US-Australia investment relationship

On Monday, 14 August, the Treasurer Scott Morrison launched a first-of-its-kind report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) detailing the deep benefits of the US-Australia investment relationship.

100th cargo sails into a growing market

The 100th cargo of LNG left the Gorgon Project in Western Australia at the end of June marking a milestone for one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and the largest single resource development in Australia’s history.

New lease on life for Barry Beach Marine Terminal

Esso has a long and proud history in the Gippsland area spanning over five decades. In that time, as part of the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture with BHP Billiton, we have invested billions of dollars into developing the infrastructure required to meet the energy needs of Australian households and businesses.

The gas market turning point

4 July 2017

The demand for natural gas on Australia’s east coast has reached record highs just as the major Bass Strait fields it has relied on for decades approach the end of their productive lives.

Monitoring LIP’s impact on the environment

For almost half a century ExxonMobil has been successfully operating the Long Island Point (LIP) Plant near Hastings on the shore of the environmentally sensitive Western Port Bay.

ExxonMobil Australia community survey

ExxonMobil is committed to working cooperatively and openly with stakeholders and communities where we operate. The survey, undertaken every three years, aims to identify community awareness and perceptions of our operations. These insights help us to better understand and respond to local issues or concerns.