When an explosion in the gas plant at Longford left Victoria without gas, a team was formed within 24 hours to restore gas to Victoria. The restoration team comprised a task force of engineering companies, which set up headquarters in Fluor's Melbourne office.
As soon as the disaster struck, Fluor mobilized for Black Snake, the urgent installation of a long, snaking condensate removal pipeline to enable gas to flow again. Fluor brought an experienced fire damage management team from the United States to assess the damage and recommend restoration methods. The urgent work was completed within a few weeks, allowing gas flow to be restored, rescuing shivering Victorians from cold showers.
The Longford restoration project team went on to modify and improve the crude stabilization plant and gas plants, to increase the throughput of gas and give greater operational flexibility.