Esso focuses on gas
PEOPLE heard Esso Australia’s plans for the future at the 2015 Stakeholder and Community Liaison Lunch at Foster last Tuesday.
Meeting with Esso delegates, community members and groups were invited to Foster Golf Club to dine with representatives and put forth any questions and queries to the major gas company.
Esso is a brand of ExxoMobil, responsible for the Barry Beach Marine Terminal in South Gippsland and for providing 70 per cent of Victoria’s gas across the state, and 40 per cent of gas to the east coast of Australia.
Barry Beach Marine Terminal superintendent Mark Duthie and production operations manager Andre Kostelnik discussed the corporation’s plans for Barry Beach in a light of a changing economy.
Mr Duthie and Mr Kostelnik assured community members despite the decline in oil production from Esso, the company is looking to the future and harnessing new technologies to strengthen the company.
“We are going back to being a base business. One focus area for us is making sure we are doing everything efficiently and not wasting time and money on what we do not need,” Mr Duthie said of the company’s plans to go from oil to gas focused production.
Mr Kostelnik stressed the importance of community liaison events in building a bridge between the corporation and communities.
“Obviously the community is especially important to Esso and our relationships with a community are a big part of our success. Today is a chance for us to hear the views and concerns of the communities we work with,” he said.
“We have provided a number of jobs over the course of the years and we always strive to provide work for people locals.”
Esso works alongside emergency services to ensure the major production company instils a “safety culture” within the industry.
“We practice safety tremendously and we have a culture around safety,” Mr Kostelnik said.
Local emergency services representatives were well accounted for, with members of Yanakie, Foster and Toora fire brigades in attendance alongside Ambulance Victoria delegates.
Toora Fire Brigade captain Ray Argento said the event provided both an opportunity for insight into the corporation’s operations within the area as well as networking between other emergency services.
“It is a good opportunity to get to know more about our industry neighbours as well as network with other emergency services and departments,” he said.
Esso and BHP Billiton have had a 20 year relationship in providing community groups with grants and funding through the Joint Venture Contributions Program.
In South Gippsland, Esso has provided funding to South Gippsland Hospital, South Gippsland Fire Brigades Group, Prom Country Seachange Festival, Foster and Sale SES, and numerous school groups including Foster Primary School, South Gippsland Secondary College, South Gippsland Specialist School and Fish Creek Primary School through the Joint Venture Program.
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