Leading gas and engineering company Linde’s BOC will build a multi-million dollar carbon dioxide processing facility in Longford, Victoria as part of a new long-term CO2 supply agreement with the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture. The new facility will have the capacity to produce more than 60,000 tonnes of beverage-grade liquid CO2 annually, making it the largest merchant CO2 production facility in the South Pacific. It will significantly increase long-term CO2 reliability and supply for many Australian industries. The Gippsland Basin Joint Venture is a 50-50 joint venture between Esso Australia Resources & Woodside Energy. Under the agreement, the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture will capture and send CO2 from its Longford Gas Conditioning Plant directly to BOC’s new facility. Scoping for the project is well underway with construction expected to commence in 2022, subject to regulatory approvals. Around 60 jobs will be created during the construction phase, with the facility expected to be operational in 2024.