Natural gas is an essential energy source, supplied to more than a million industrial and commercial gas users in NSW – such as hospitals, schools, businesses and residential customers.
The Newcastle Gas Storage Facility (NGSF) is an important link in NSW’s natural gas infrastructure, helping provide energy security and employment in the region. The facility gives the region a reliable supply of gas – meeting AGL's peak gas market requirements over winter and providing additional security of gas supply during disruption events.
A 5.5 kilometer long pipeline connects the gas storage facility to the receiving station at Hexham. The latter links the NGSF into the NSW gas network via the existing Wilton-Newcastle trunk pipeline.
The NGSF is primarily located in Tomago, and has a receiving station at Hexham, about 20 kilometers north-west of Newcastle, NSW. The land is large enough for ongoing operations and is appropriately buffered from residential areas.
This location was selected because of its proximity to:
- the Wilton-Newcastle trunk line of the NSW gas network (the northern-most point that the gas network currently reaches on the NSW coast)
- gas users, including industrial customers.