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Longford VIC


Postcode: 3851

In September 1998, a large explosion at an Esso operated oil and natural gas processing plant was responsible for an almost complete shutdown of Victoria’s natural gas supply for weeks thereafter.

Two people died in the explosion. A Royal Commission subsequently found that Esso breached health and safety rules, and was responsible for the explosion. The 25th September 1998 12:25pm The weld on GP905 cracked and the exchanger failed catastrophically instantly killing Peter Wilson and John Lowery.