Modifications to AGL’s Waukivory Pilot REF expected to result in operational and environmental improvements
AGL Energy Limited (AGL) will be making three modifications to its Review of Environmental Factors (REF) application for the Waukivory Pilot Program which are expected to provide operational, community and environmental benefits.
The three modifications are the replacement of an in-ground turkey’s nest dam with a double lined, above ground temporary water storage tank, smaller enclosed flares and an underbore beneath a creek.
According to AGL’s Head of Land and Approvals, Suzanne Westgate, “The modifications are expected to result in fewer truck movements, improved leak detection and less visual impact.”
The Gloucester Community Consultative Committee and Members of Gloucester Dialogue (comprising local government, Office of Coal Seam Gas, AGL, community representatives, and chaired by NSW Land and Water Commissioner Jock Laurie) have been informed about the modifications by AGL. Gloucester Dialogue has been established to help facilitate the availability of clear, accurate and understandable information to the community about activities of local interest.
Stage 1 of the Gloucester Gas Project has already been approved however AGL continues to review and assess its project to maintain operational best practice and environmental protection.
The REF for the Waukivory Pilot Program, which was lodged in September 2013, concluded that potential environmental impacts of the program would be low to negligible.
The modification will be lodged with the Office of Coal Seam Gas in coming weeks once further environmental assessment has been completed.
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 over 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.