Project Overview

Viva Energy is seeking approval to develop a gas terminal at the Geelong Refinery. The Gas Terminal would bring natural gas from various locations in Australia and overseas, to meet the projected gas shortage in south-east Australia.

The Gas Terminal would require a Floating Gas Terminal, an extension to Refinery Pier, a Treatment Facility and a new pipeline.

Having the Gas Terminal adjacent to the Geelong Refinery would leverage our capability as an existing Major Hazard Facility (MHF) operator and offer potential synergies between the two facilities, including the use of seawater.

Over the two year construction period, the project would provide 150+ jobs and around 50-100 ongoing local jobs once the terminal is in full operations.

The project is working towards delivering first gas in 2024. This is subject to the relevant regulatory and Board approvals.

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The Gas Terminal Project includes:

Floating Gas Terminal
A vessel which stores and converts LNG back into natural gas.
Refinery Pier extension
To accommodate the LNG ships and moor the Floating Gas Terminal, the existing Refinery Pier will be extended by approximately 570m. To allow the ships to berth and turn, some localised dredging will be required.
New pipeline
Approximately 6.5kms of pipeline will be constructed to transport the gas from the terminal. About 2.5km of the pipeline will be above ground and located on the pier and refinery land. About 4km will be underground and within existing pipeline corridors.
Treatment Facility
To meet Australian specification standards, all of the gas entering our terminal will go through the treatment facility located within the refinery boundary. Through this process, an odorant will be added to the gas, to give it its distinctive smell.

Download fact sheets

Viva Energy Gas Terminal OVERVIEW
Viva Energy Gas Terminal Fact Sheet
How the Gas Terminal will work
LNG Safety
Managing Seawater Discharge

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Gas Pipeline

To get the gas from our terminal to homes and businesses across Victoria we will need to construct about 6.5kms of pipeline to transport the gas to the Victorian Transmission System (VTS). About half of the pipeline will be on Viva Energy’s land and will be in two sections:

The exact pipeline route is not finalised and will be further developed through consultation with landowners and occupiers and other stakeholders who may be impacted by the Pipeline.

The Pipeline may only be constructed and operated with the consent of the Minister administering the Pipelines Act 2005 (Vic).

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Download further information about the pipeline component of the project

Viva Energy Gas Terminal Pipeline Fact Sheet
Pipeline Construction Fact Sheet
Pipeline Regulatory Approvals Fact Sheet
Pipeline Consultation Plan

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Project benefits

Why we need a gas terminal

Victorian manufacturing, businesses and households currently consume approximately 30 percent of gas demand in South-Eastern Australia. Having a secure and competitive supply of gas is critical to our economy and our livelihoods.

Several market experts (AEMO and ACCC) have advised that a gas shortfall could emerge in the South-East of Australia by 2023, and that a range of measures such as the development of LNG terminals will be needed to fill this gap.

The Gas Terminal would allow us to bring gas from where it is produced in Australia or further afield to where it is needed.


Overall Project Benefits

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Gas Supply

Location L
Location

Environment L
Environment

Refinery HDS L
Geelong Refinery

Project timeline

To meet the projected gas shortage, we are working to have our Gas Terminal operational by 2024.

Timeline Key: Environmental Effects Statement (EES) Process Project Milestone

Formal Community Involvement

Early 2021 – Comment on the scope of works.
These will be open for 15 business days for public comment.

Mid 2021 – Feedback on our project and plans.
As we develop the EES we will share with you findings and project plans, seeking your views, feedback and comments.

Early 2022 – EES exhibition and lodgement of submissions.
Opportunities to make formal submission on the project over 30 days.

Mid 2022 – Decision makers consider Minister’s Assessment in deciding whether to approve the project.

*These are target dates, creating an indicative timeline. Dates are subject to change and dependent on relevant regulatory and Board approvals.