Commission blames Esso for Longford disaster

The royal commission set up to investigate last year`s explosion and fire at the Longford gas processing facilities in southeastern Victoria state has laid the bulk of the blame squarely at the door of plant operator Esso Australia Ltd.Esso is a partner with BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. in the gas plant and in the Bass Strait fields that feed it.The explosion and fire killed two workers and injured a number of others, while cutting off gas supplies to Victoria state for 2 weeks in late September 1998 (OGJ, Oct. 5, 1998, p. 39).Management blamedDaryl Dawson and his fellow commissioners found that the calamity was due primarily to the failure of Esso management. In particular, the report points ...

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