AGL is proposing to develop a project that would supply imported natural gas into the south-eastern Australian states for industrial, commercial and residential gas customers, meeting a projected domestic gas supply shortfall and improving gas supply certainty from 2024 or earlier.
The gas would be transported as liquified natural gas (LNG), most likely from overseas, transferred to another ship and converted from liquid form back into gas on that ship and then piped into the Victorian Transmission System (VTS).
The ship, known as a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) would be continuously moored at Berth 2 of Crib Point Jetty. Depending on demand, between 12 to 40 LNG ships per year would moor alongside the FSRU at Crib Point to resupply the FSRU with LNG.
The proposed gas import jetty would be connected by a new gas pipeline approximately 57km long, into the VTS, east of Pakenham. The pipeline would be developed and constructed by APA Group.
The Project is proposed to meet the shortfall in gas supply from 2024 that has been predicted by the Australian Energy Market Operator. It would provide gas supply certainty to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, while balancing economic, social and environmental factors.
AGL and APA are jointly preparing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Victorian Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project (the Project).
AGL has been consulting with key stakeholders including local residents, environmental groups, community groups and government since July 2017.
There have been over 30 public community consultations, held at locations including Crib Point, Hastings, Balnarring, Blind Bight, Cowes, Cardinia, and Nar Nar Goon with both supporters and those who oppose the project.
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) and key approval documents will be placed on exhibition and the Minister for Planning will invite comments in mid-2020. During this time members of the public will be able to inspect the EES and make written submissions about any matters described in the EES.
Find out more at gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au.
If the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project proceeds, AGL will immediately put in place a $7.5 million Community Fund which would be managed by a panel of local community members.
While importing LNG would add more gas supply for Victoria, we recognise that we need to share some of the benefits with the local community. We don’t expect the community to support the project in return, we just hope that sharing the benefits will make it a fairer outcome for the local community.
How the funds would be distributed and on what community needs hasn’t been fully decided. We want the fund to be run and led by the local community to address concerns they themselves identify in their own communities.
In response to the public health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns voiced by the community around potential exposure, we are taking measures to protect the health and well-being of our people and the communities we work in.
In line with Federal and state government health requirements, both AGL and APA have already moved to measures to protect our team and the community by requiring remote working and changing the way in which we interact with you.
Our engagement with you is important to us – and whilst we navigate through these unfamiliar times, we remain committed to working with the community and following all government and regulatory assessment requirements for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project. The Minister for Planning and the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning will determine the exhibition and public inquiry process for the EES in response to these circumstances and be responsible for the conduct of this process.
The Victorian Minister for Planning has determined that AGL and APA are jointly required to prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to assess all potential impacts of the proposed project, and detail how these impacts would be managed or mitigated if the project was approved.
More information about the EES and opportunity for community involvement, can be found at gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au.
The latest project documents can be found at gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au.
AGL understands that we don’t always get it right, and we want to be informed when we don’t. If you would like to provide any feedback, good or bad, or simply ask some questions, please feel free to get in touch via the following channels:
AGL Community Complaints and Enquiries Hotline: 1800 039 600
Mail: AGL Community Complaints & Enquiries, Locked Bag 3013, Australia Square NSW 1215
You can read the AGL Community Complaints and Feedback Policy or more about how AGL engages with the community here.