AGL would like to advise that it has not performed continuous monitoring of air emissions at the Camden Gas Project as required by the conditions of the Environment Protection Licence (EPL) issued by the EPA, and the Camden Project planning consent. This was identified by senior management following an internal review of operational procedures and upon discovery, AGL immediately notified the EPA.
Continuous air monitoring is used to ensure the exhaust gases of natural gas compressors meet the allowable annual EPL emission load limits and do not exceed the EPL emission limit at any point in time.
While independent quarterly air emissions monitoring, which has always been performed at the Camden Gas Project, confirms AGL is well below its emission limits, AGL acknowledges that monitoring should have been performed on a continuous basis. AGL's technical expert has confirmed that there is no evidence of harm to the environment or human health arising from the lack of continuous monitoring data.
We are taking immediate steps to address the issue including the appointment of technical experts PAEHolmes to review the emission monitoring program, conducting monthly independent emission monitoring and replacing the continuous monitoring equipment at Camden.
AGL takes safety and environmental issues very seriously and recognises that some people may be concerned about the issue of continuous emissions monitoring. AGL is working with the community and other stakeholders to keep them informed of air monitoring results, including the commitment to provide detailed information on the Camden Gas Project website as it becomes available.
AGL is committed to the safe and sustainable development of natural gas supply for New South Wales customers.
AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated renewable energy companies and is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers. Drawing on 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is Australia's largest private owner and operator of renewable energy assets and is looking to further expand this position by exploring a suite of low emission and renewable energy generation development opportunities.