APA is proposing to develop a high pressure gas pipeline that will connect AGL’s proposed Gas Import Jetty at Crib Point to the Victorian Transmission System, east of Pakenham.
The proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project would increase energy security and supply for AGL’s customers in south-eastern Australia. The Project includes the construction of a buried pipeline approximately 57 kilometres long, with associated aboveground facilities at Crib Point and east of Pakenham.
Proposed Pipeline Alignment
APA is continuing to refine the alignment in consultation with landholders, businesses, government ities and the community as part of our statutory requirements. In determining an efficient and suitable alignment, one of the key objectives is to ensure adverse environmental impacts are minimised during construction and operation. A range of guiding factors were considered for this purpose, including co-location with existing linear infrastructure, environmental values, the number of land parcels and landholders along the proposed pipeline alignment, and current and future land use considerations.
A map-book of the alignment released as part of the EES can be found here.
APA and AGL have established an EES website, which has the EES, pipeline licence application, and other related documents available to read and download at www.gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au
The EES for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project is now available for public comment.
The EES and related documents provide information about the potential environmental, social, economic, and planning impacts of the proposed Project. The documents also outline how these potential impacts would be managed during construction and operation of the Project if it is approved.
Also available for public comment are the key Victorian statutory approval applications for the Project, including the draft planning scheme amendment to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme, the EPA works approval application, and the pipeline licence application.
The EES process provides an opportunity to share your views on the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project and have them considered by the Inquiry and Advisory Committee and relevant decision makers.
The public has 40 business days to consider the documents and make a submission. Submissions close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
The EES, pipeline licence application and related documents are available on the EES website here.
You can request an EES information pack, free of charge. The pack contains:
For those who may have accessibility issues, or where electronic options are impractical, hard copies may be requested, free of charge.
Request an EES information pack or hard copy documents by phoning 1800 039 600 or emailing [email protected]
On 9 October 2018, the Victorian Minister for Planning announced that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) would be required for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project. Further information on the EES process is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
The pipeline referral for the EES can be found here.
APA has been engaging with directly affected landowners and other key stakeholders along the proposed pipeline route since late 2017 and will continue to consult with interested parties through the EES process.
On 28 November 2018, the Australian Department of the Environment & Energy advised the Minister had decided under Section 75 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the proposal to construct the pipeline is a controlled action. As such, the project requires environmental assessment and a decision about whether approval for it should be given under the EPBC Act. The project will be assessed under the bilateral agreement with Victoria. Further information about the assessment can be found on the Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE)’s website.
On 10 September 2018, APA made an application for a pipeline licence under the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic). The public submission period for the pipeline licence will be timed to occur with the submission period for the EES. Any regulatory approval decisions regarding the pipeline, including a pipeline licence under the Pipelines Act 2005, will occur following the Ministerial assessment of the EES.
The pipeline licence application is Attachment IX to the EES and can be found here.
APA has prepared a pipeline Consultation Plan, which proposes how APA will consult and interact with stakeholders, particularly landowners and occupiers, who are likely to be affected by the Pipeline Project. The Pipeline Consultation Plan identifies key objectives, tools and desired outcomes from the engagement with the relevant stakeholders.
The below videos provide a visual description of the types of construction methodology that would be used on the proposed Crib Point Pakenham Pipeline project.
Landholders and other stakeholders will be consulted throughout the assessment process to ensure the potential impacts of the project are properly understood and appropriately addressed in the project's development. If you wish to find out more information or provide feedback about the project, please contact us by:
Further information on the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project is available from the AGL website.
If you have any media-related questions on this project, please email us at [email protected].
APA and AGL will continue to undertake joint consultation through the EES process for both components of the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project.